A book about a life
Midnight Sun
Joe Kals

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Midnight Sun

We build tomorrow today. If today we enjoy such a high quality of life, it is because men and women who preceded us faced catastrophes and tragedies and decided to act for the betterment of humanity. Science and technology have improved the lives of many who, due to wars, diseases, natural disasters or accidents, might otherwise have died. After 30 years of living with an accidentally severed spinal cord, I had the idea to share my personal convictions with the world by doing something completely insane: deprived of all use and sensation of half of my body, I decided to stand up and walk across France, from the English Channel to the Mediterranean Sea, a distance of more than 1300 kilometers or 808 miles! The physical exploit was not what was most important to me; my principal objective was to inspire a collective consciousness and to make the public realize the urgency of acting now on behalf of future generations. I hope that the telling of my personal story in my book “Midnight Sun” will help give meaning to your lives and enable us all to find the path to serenity, and to growth.

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In 1982, the year of my motorcycle accident, science was progressing so quickly that mice and rats, after having their spinal cords severed in the laboratory, were able to walk again.

As of my 21st year, I had to relearn how to live. Curious and hungry for life, I tried to ignore my paraplegia. I rebuilt myself through experiences that I thought would be necessary for the culmination of my being…to find the “true meaning” of all this.

It took me nearly 30 years of paraplegia to arrive at the conclusion that the only valid reason for me to exist under these conditions was to fight so that those who followed me would not have to suffer the same pathology and its consequences every second of their lives.

A paraplegic who stands, without the sensation or use of his lower limbs! The strength and unnatural aspect of this feat were what I thought would shed a light on the obscure side of this invisible and unknown reality, and create the urgency to bring about change.

Members of the world of para/tetraplegia, and of research, politics and society, these are the persons who have the power to shape the direction in this precise field.

This activity, started more than ten years ago, has become the reason for my daily life. Only a shared awareness has the power to bring change.

Beyond putting in place some communication still necessary for the Joe Kals Association, I would like to progress to a higher dimension by financing some ongoing clinical trials…to act concretely toward a solution.

My dearest wish today, before closing my eyes for eternity, would be to know that, in the future, the severing of a spinal cord will no longer have lasting consequences.



My Biography

On video.



  • August 10, 2011 to March 24, 2012

    Le Havre to Menton

    810 miles from Le Havre to Menton

  • July 20, 2012

    Herculis in Monaco

    The 1000m Herculis race in Monaco

  • March 9, 2013


    The race up the Riviera Staircase

  • Villa Blanche, 2012-2013 school year

    End-of-year show « Let’s go, Joe »

    Project of sensitizing adults through the children

  • September 12 to 20, 2013

    Bonifacio to Propiano

    46 miles in Corsica

  • September 21, 2014

    Eiffel Tower

    Preparation for the climb up the Eiffel Tower

  • November 29, 2014

    Eiffel Tower

    Climbing the Eiffel Tower

  • 2018 Cross-Continent Challenge

    New York - Los Angeles

    3355 miles from New York to Los Angeles

  • 2020

    Publication of Midnight Sun

  • "For the human of tomorrow"


Contact me to share your story...

Orazio - Italy

Interview with Orazio in Italian

Sabrina Ferri - Brazil

We have the same objective, the same battle. The severing of a spinal column concerns each human being and the repairing of it should be made possible through research.

TV Features

Le Havre - Menton 2011-12

1000m Herculis, Monaco July 2012

Corsica September 2013 Bonifacio to Propriano

Video Beausoleil March 2013

Eiffel Tower November 29, 2014

Climb, Tampa Marriott USA

Preparation for the ascent of the Eiffel Tower

Testimonial by Doctor Sornay

Testimonial by physical trainer

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Joe Kals 1, Val des Castagnins - 06500 Menton Phone: +33 6 40 63 46 08