Cerebral palsy can make it difficult or impossible to walk, but that doesn’t mean that people with the condition are stuck. There are plenty of accessibility devices to help people with motor problems. One type, a hand bike, is even used for sporting. One man in Ohio finished a 6.6 kilometer race with one. WTOV9 tells the tale.
Justin Heckathorn was born with cerebral palsy but that hasn’t stopped him from being an athlete. For thirty years he’s been playing sports like football, shot put, and sled hockey, a form of hockey created for disabled people.
Last Sunday, he traveled to Pittsburgh to participate in the Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K Run/Walk. He didn’t run or walk the race. Instead, he used a device called a hand bike. It’s like a tricycle that’s operated with your hands. By turning two cranks, the bike moves forward.
This is the second time he’s completed the race. He hopes that there will be future hand-cycling events closer to home and is looking for an upgraded model.
For some people a disability is a burden, but for others it can be a source of challenge and purpose to overcome their limitations however they can. If you have a child born with a birth injury or trauma, encourage them with their dreams and help them find ways to cope with what has happened.