The humanitarian organization “PHOENIX SM PP” – is an organization that aims to help people with disabilities.
The HO “PHOENIX SM PP” launched the project “REWALK TRAINING CENTER” for disabled persons who have such an opportunity. The aim of this project is the organization of disabled people around the world through training, to enable them improve their health condition. In the project we engaged Mr. Mile Stojkoski, who after 16 years in a wheelchair with complete paralysis, managed to stand on its own feet.
Mile Stojkoski is ready to share his 16 years of experience with all of you who are interested to improve their health condition as his. You can stand on their feet like it.
In our REWALK TRAINING CENTER we offer:
- Accommodation in Apartment for you and your personal companion.
- Individual (personal, just for you ready) proposal for food by top nutritionists.
- Individual (personal, just for you ready) proposed exercises provided in consultation with top medical specialists.
- Full supervision and motivation by Mile Stojkoski.
We invite you to our REWALK TRAINING CENTER to be our guest, not our patients.
Our comprehensive and professional analysis confirmed that there are approximately 5 million people who are currently in a wheelchair and have the opportunity like a Mile Stojkoski, to move without a wheelchair or stand on their own feet.
If you are interested in improving your health condition, and you can stand on their own feet, as closely as Mile Stojkoski, you can contact us.
Mile’s Inspiring Story
Stojkoski was born in Prilep, Macedonia where he received his college degree in economics, resulting with his employment at the Public Communal Enterprise (PCE) Komunalec – Prilep. To be more efficient at his job he used a small motorcycle while working on a day-to-day basis.
On 8 September 1996 (Independence Day holiday in Macedonia), Stojkoski was hit by a car while driving his scooter and was immediately rushed to Prilep General Hospital. After receiving primary care he was sent to St. Erazmo Special Hospital for Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology in Ohrid, Macedonia for further treatment of his spinal injury.
He was diagnosed with paraplegia due to the loss of the use of both his legs. From that point onward he has lived being mobile only by using his wheelchair. As Stojkoski described, this change was devastating shock and emotional anguish for him and his family.
As an effective method of physical and psychosocial rehabilitation Stojkoski successfully competed in various sports including table tennis, precise shooting, soccer, kayaking, gymnastics and swimming. However his signature athletic discipline became the ultramarathon mainly because it combines both physical strength and persistence. Stojkoski noticed that most people with disabilities are not as positive and strong willed in adapting their disability into a normal everyday life as he is. In his everyday interactions he became as inspirational figure and a role model especially, for young people with disability which motivated him to become an activist in raising public awareness. He runs his ultramarathons in a regular wheelchair, not a sport or racing version one in order to inspire and motivate people with disabilities to overcome everyday boundaries and limitations
In the Macedonian public Stojkoski is also known for his friendship with Toše Proeski. Since Proeski’s death, Stojkoski made a tradition of honoring their friendship by running a marathon from Prilep to Proeski’s Memorial in Krushevo each year on Proeski’s birthday – 25 January.
Stojkoski currently lives in his family home in Prilep with his spouse Zaklina and daughter Biljana.
Mile Stojkoski is ready to share its 16 years of experience with all of you who are interested to improve their health condition as his. You can stand on their feet like it.
2004 - Road to Athens, Greece
In 2004 the Macedonian public first heard of Stojkoski when he announced his intention to run a 704 km ultramarathon in his wheelchair from Prilep to the Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. With very few equipment and resources Stojkoski and his team of 4 successfully finished the marathon in 20 days at the official opening 13 August 2004.
2005 - Campaign for protection of rights of people with disability
In 2005 he was contacted by the non-profit organization Polio Plus which is active in advocacy and support of people with disabilities in Macedonia. They engaged Stojkoski in their campaign for raising 10000 signatures needed to pass a bill in the Macedonian parliament for protection of rights and dignity of people with disability. Within this campaign Stojkoski lead a caravan through Macedonia resulting with a 1500 km ultramarathon and raised 19000 signatures. However, the parliament still hasn’t voted to pass the bill.
2007 - Road To Beijing, China
After lengthy preparations Stojkoski and his team of 15 people in 2007 started an ultramarathon of 15300 km passing through 31 countries starting from Krushevo, Macedonia and ending in Beijing, China for the Summer Olympic Games in 2008. However, despite passing a 50–70 km ultramarathon per day, due to insufficient funds and unissued visas, Stojkoski only reached the Syrian-Jordan border, completing a 3500 km ultramarathon in total. Stojkoski’s event had successful media coverage and accomplished meetings with civic organizations, individuals, companies and institutional representatives in all major cities where he traveled through. After each 100 km the team with support of local representatives planted a Tree of Peace promoting humane values to all troublesome war regions on their travel route.
2008-2012 - Tose Proeski Memorial Marathon
In the period of 2008-2012 Stojkoski each year on 25 January traveled a distance of 25.6 km from Prilep to Toše Proeski’s Memorial in Krushevo on the day of his birthday. Despite uphill terrain and harsh cold weather, Stojkoski succeeded to continue this pilgrimage tradition for 5 years.
2009 - Civic Caravan Project
In 2009 Stojkoski initiated the Civic Caravan project for promotion of political rights and awareness of people with disabilities in Macedonia. The project consisted of an ultramarathon through 24 cities with a total length of 1000 km, timed intentionally during local election campaigns. Stojkoski had the idea to use the occasion and have meetings with political representatives and candidates on local levels as well as local civic organizations. He advocated the affirmative action of employing people with disabilities in local governance and moving forward the idea of people with disabilities running as candidates on local elections.
2012 - Road to London, England
Stojkoski began his 10th marathon (5th ultramarathon) as a 5700 km journey through 15 European countries (Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Netherland, Belgium, Luxemburg, France and UK) with total ultramarathon length of 3500 km. This ultramarathon started on 15 March in Krushevo and is scheduled to finish on 27 July 2012 (133 days) at the London Summer Olympic Games during their official opening.
Mile’s awards and Recognition
- 2004 – Recognition for supporting people with disabilities awarded by the City of Prilep
- 2004 – Vulkan Award for humanitarian achievements by Polio Plus
- 2004 – Mother Theresa Award for humanitarian achievements by the Mother Teresa Foundation- Skopje
- 2005 – Gert Jan Van Apeldoorn Award for Sustainable Development by MCIC
- 2005 – 3ti Noemvri Life work award from the City of Prilep
- 2007 – Honorary member of Lions Club – Skopje
- 2012 – The British Embassy in Skopje organized a reception in honor of HRH Prince Michael of Kent
Mile Stojkoski in the media
You can learn more about Mile’s 16 years of experience and all his other successes at the following links: