BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Nearly 17,000 people suffered a severe spinal cord injury last year.

Baltimore Firefighter Shane Horn is among one of those 17,000 people, and Saturday, he will use his rehab to go the distance.

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Horn will take part in the Baltimore Marathon on a handcycle.

A friend with a similar injury visited Horn and told him, “you’re going to do the Baltimore marathon with me.”

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That goal was relayed to Horn’s physical therapist, who runs Team Kennedy Krieger, which will have 173 athletes in this year’s race.

“If you don’t have a goal, you don’t really know why you’re working or what you’re working for,” Erin Michael said.

Horn will work toward finishing Saturday’s race, but said there is a bigger finish he is working toward.

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“Trying to get my body to remember how to use my legs,” Horn said.