Photo by Ellie Williams-Gilbert

I have a brother in a remote land, but we’ve never met. Our ancestors sprang from different soils, but our hearts and personal histories are alike. A T4 para, he was injured on his younger brother’s birthday; my injury, at the T11 level, falls on the birthdate of my older brother. He rides a Mogo wheelchair made in southeast Australia; my TiSport was manufactured in the northwest United States.

Twice a week a nurse comes to visit Willie Gilbert in his modest home to care for a pressure ulcer on his ankle. I drive to a Portland hospital every tw