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February 25, 2011February 25, 2011  5 comments  Disabled Travel

People with disabilities face many challenges on a daily basis. As a t-8 complete paraplegic I understand many of those challenges. I have been in a wheelchair now for almost 14 years. I have many new friends that also have disabilities and what I want this blog to accomplish is to be an encouragement for everyone.


I was injured in the USAF Reserves and after months in VA hospitals I have seen many different ways that people cope with there own disability. Some take up sports, art, music, computers, and many others venues to lead fulfilled lives. All of these however are a means to an end. The end being that life does not sop with a disability. I see so many people with disabilities that have just given up, and retreat into their homes and into themselves.  There is so much life to live!  Never give up on life or yourself.  Quitting is never an option.


After two years of planning, I put together a trip to Israel for people with disabilities. Let me start by saying what an amazing trip we had!  There were five of us in wheelchairs that went. Our group consisted of a c-5 quad, a t-8 paraplegic, a stroke victim, a traumatic brain injury, and a muscular degenerative disease. We also had two older gentlemen in our group, one a type 1 diabetic, and one with lung problems.  Each of us have special needs and considerations that for many people give them the false impression that we are bound by our disability.  All of us took a leap of faith in signing up for this trip; and all of us are so thrilled that we did.  We gave a very strong testimony to ourselves, the able-bodied people in our group, and everyone that we came in contact with that we can do whatever we put our minds to. 



One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Isaiah 40:31 - "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not be faint."  Okay, enough preaching on my part.  lol  Here are a couple links that you can cut and paste to see some videos that my daughters put together of our trip. 




My wife and two daughters went with me and we had the most fantastic and blessed vacation that we have ever taken. Enjoy the videos and I will be writing more and show pictures of the many places that we visited.

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Being disabled does not mean that life is over. As a t-8 complete paraplegic I want to encourage all people with a disability to get out and live life!


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