Daniel Curtis’ life changed in 2011 when he dived into his backyard pool and slipped, became paralyzed instantly and woke up underwater and unable to swim to the surface for air.

He was a food and beverage director at the time, and the food industry decided to hold a benefit for him that has turned into an annual event that has now raised nearly half a million dollars to help people with spinal cord injuries. In this week's episode of "I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast," we revisit an interview with Curtis from last year. He talks about what people misunderstand about paralysis and how such a catastrophic injury has transformed his own life, in some ways for the better.

The annual Pay it Forward with Daniel Curtis fundraiser returns on Aug. 1 at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center, which is why we wanted to share this interview with Curtis, who got married a few years ago and who is now a dad to an 8-month-old. You can buy tickets to the event, which raises money for the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation, and find out more at pifdaniel.com.

"I Love You So Much" is a podcast, sponsored by Copenhagen Furniture, from the features staff at the Austin American-Statesman. You can listen to this week's episode wherever you listen to podcasts, and you can find out more about the show at austin360.com/loveaustin360.

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