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Georgia Man Travels Two Days in His Wheelchair to Promote Fitness (May 23, 2012)

Georgia resident, James Lee, traveled two days and approximately 65 miles riding from Alpharetta to Athens in his wheelchair earlier this week in an attempt to raise awareness about fitness for those with disabilities.

Lee, who has been in a wheelchair since a 2007 motorcycle accident on his way to class at the University of Georgia, discovered through his research that when compared to the national average, those in wheelchairs have higher rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.  He saw this challenge as a great opportunity to prove staying active and healthy isn’t as inaccessible as many believe and that, in fact, it can be as easy as rolling down the road.

Lee’s trek took him from the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce in Alpharetta to the University of Georgia, where he had not returned since the 2007 accident. His chose the route to show his acceptance of his reality and that he intends to live as best he can.

Lee said of the ride, “It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. But as such, it was one of the greatest.” In fact, Lee has already planned his next ride, this one to a spinal cord facility at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. “It’s going to be a larger obstacle, another step up.”

For more information on Lee or his organization, visit: www.walkingisoverrated.org

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