When Brice Lott survived a spinal cord injury as a young adult, all the plans he had in place for his future suddenly changed. Fast-forward 13 years later, and Brice is a successful business owner, avid adventurer and proud husband. We bring his story to the Cure Nation below!
Brice Lott’s Spinal Cord Injury was caused by exhaustion
Brice Lott was 19 years old when he fell asleep at the wheel one evening, exhausted after months of hectic school activities. He was only a mile from his mom’s house when his vehicle crashed, resulting in a T-12 SCI. Over the next eight months, Brice moved through recovery and rehab, to finally return home to face his previous life.
As a child, Brice had planned on following in his father’s footsteps and going into the military. He shares, “I was always a very athletic person and my dad taught me how to shoot when I was young. The plan was to follow his path and become an officer in the military. But, when you get paralyzed, things change.”Brice decided to take it one day at a time. And, first things first, he was determined to finish his education and stay on-course with his graduating class. So, he dove back into his program and committed to doing summer school for the next several years to make up the time he’d lost. His hard work and dedication paid off, because Brice was able to walk with his peers on-time to receive his degree.
After graduating from college, Brice became an accountant. He went to work for the FDIC and a a little later for another company in the same industry. It was clear to Brice, though, that this wasn’t his destiny. He recalls, “I hated it. Literally, could not stand the job. Everyday I got in the elevator and thought, this is not how I pictured my life.”
At the same time, in his personal life, Brice was dealing with frustrations in working with his medical supply company. The rep that he dealt with when ordering catheters was not at all helpful, but what were Brice’s other options?
“I felt like I was just a number to him,” Brice remembers. “When my insurance didn’t work right, I couldn’t get any supplies. I realized I could do it better. I finally had this idea that I should start a DME business.”
BRICE lott GOES INTO BUSINESS TO HELP PEOPLE WHO HAVE SCI
To start a business, Brice knew there would be sacrifices. So, in an effort to save money, he found a new apartment with a roommate and sold his car and began taking the train instead. Brice launched his company in 2014 and in the beginning, he was still working full-time and building a business on the side. It was definitely not an easy undertaking, but, once again, Brice’s determination paid off.
“In a little over a year, I had grown my business enough to where I was able to quit my job and focus on my company full time. A lot of people around me were skeptical, but I figured out how to do it.”
Today, Brice Lott runs a successful medical supplies business in North Carolina, complete with an office, warehouse and staff. He attributes his success to the fact that he truly cares about and understands the community he’s serving.
Brice says, “It’s all about customer service, and our customer service is excellent.”
Why Brice Lott Chooses Cure Catheters for His Personal Use
“My customers often ask me what I use and, while I always make sure they know their options, I’m happy to tell them I use Cure,” Brice shares.
“You can’t beat Cure’s products. They’re a great price, they offer a variety. Personally, I use the Hydrophilic Cure Catheter.”
Brice also appreciates the Cure Commitment – the ongoing program where Cure Medical donates 10% of their net income to fund medical research programs in pursuit of a cure for paralysis.
He expresses, “I don’t know of any other companies doing that. As an HME professional, personally, I love it. I’m a huge advocate in the disability community, especially SCI, so anything to help us is good.”
Brice Makes the Most Out of Life, at Work and at Home
To maintain success and happiness, it’s important to find a work-life balance. We all need to make time to do the things we love, and for Brice Lott, that means making time for adaptive sports.
He plays sled hockey, and even won a national championship in the sport, but his real love is snow skiing. “I have a property in Colorado and I go there to ski a lot,” he shares. “I spend from 40-60 days each year on the snow.”Brice’s adventures don’t stop at adaptive sports, though. He is also a graduate of the Able Flight program at Ohio State and a licensed pilot. Brice and his wife, Stephanie, have been together for 6 years and are currently exploring the idea of becoming parents!
Thanks, Brice Lott, for your dedication to the SCI community!
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