'Push, Walk, Ride' empowers people with disabilities
Melissa McCrady reports. Video by tmj4.comvideo
LAKE GENEVA - For someone with a disability, walking a mile may seem impossible.
However, dozens are accomplishing the feat in a unique way called "Push, Walk, Ride," including a group in Lake Geneva.
Kristin Larson is your typical 29-year-old woman from Wisconsin, except for the fact she sits in a wheelchair.
"I ran track," said Larson, who spoke with TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady. "I danced and was very active, and my life came to an abrupt stop."
When she was 17, doctors diagnosed Kristin with lupus.
"it's always interesting to connect with other wheelchair users or people who have disabilities. They vary so differently. You hear what other people are accomplishing even though they have these extra challenges in life."
On Sunday, June 24th, Kristin will take part in "Push, Walk, Ride" at Geneva National Golf Club.
"You can come in your wheelchair and be pushed. You can walk on crutches, or ride. We have some people with hipotherapy," explained event organizer Kevin Paluch.
Four Walworth County organizations participate, and everyone who crosses the finish line receives a medal.
Paluch, the president of the Geneva National Foundation, created the event.
It's a spinoff of the Lifelong Empowerment Open, a golf outing that raises money supporting people with disabilities.
The "Push, Walk, Ride" event is different. It's special because it focuses on the person in need and makes them feel worthy.
"When they cross that finish line, it's amazing. It's a great moment," said Paluch.