While most of us spent our Saturdays watching Netflix on the couch, Shaun Evans and his 11-year-old son Shamus, who has cerebral palsy, finished a 1,700-mile journey along the length of the Mississippi River. The journey, which was meant to raise awareness of children with mobility issues, took the father and son duo 29 days and ended in Lake Charles, Louisiana just in time to run in the Ainsley’s Angels Sunset 5K, a charity event meant to help raise funds and awareness to help fight Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy.
During their journey, Shaun and Shamus traveled 60 miles a day, promoting a message of inclusion on behalf of their charity, Push2Push, which helps people of all ages and abilities participate in endurance events and raises money and awareness for families with children who have mobility issues. Along their run, they were also able to give the gift of mobility to other families affected by disabilities, donating nearly adaptive running chairs to families.
Isaac's chair presentation! #power2push #togetherweshall #rollwiththewind
Posted by Ainsley's Angels Power to Push on Monday, July 24, 2017
Shaun and Shamus are the perfect ambassadors for this message, as Shaun has made sure that his son’s cerebral palsy does not rob him of experiencing everything he wants in life. Previously, the duo had run all the way from Seattle to New York on behalf of Push2Push.
“How I look at it is Shamus is the athlete, and I get to lend him my legs,” Shaun explained. “And I know there are other people out there who think the same thing. They want to lend their legs to their child, or even to their parent.”