Ryan Chalmers was born without complete use of his legs, and has used a wheelchair his whole life. He represents the desires of many disabled persons—not to be treated differently because of his disability. He doesn’t believe his physical impairment excludes him from doing anything that the rest of the population can do. In fact, Ryan aspires to do much more on wheels than most people do on their own two feet. Ryan is a world class athlete: he competed in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, he has raced in countless marathons, he trains his body daily to be strong and fit. And this year, he is going to do something no one has ever done. He will cross the country in his racing chair—he’s going to Push Across America.
Ryan’s journey seeks to set many new records, to demonstrate the incontestable ability of the disabled, to push himself further than he’s ever gone. He will push through deserts, up mountains, and in storms. He will do it not alone, but with the support of his team following behind, and the country watching and rooting for him. It's his way of raising awareness for the potential of all persons with disabilities, and giving back to an organization he has been a part of since his early teens, and that he believes in deeply.
We trust you will join us on this incredible journey, and help Ryan Push Across America.