Saturday, June 30, 2018

A Carrying Friendship #WATWB

We Are The World Blogfest (#WATWB) focuses on the human interest media stories that shine light in the darkness of the internet in an effort to spread love, peace, and compassion. This is the 15th installment, hosted this month by Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk, Mary J. Giese, Dan Antion, and Damyanti Biswas. Check out their websites for more inspiring stories, or peruse the websites of other participants in #WATWB found here (scroll down the page to the list).

During a quick visit to Facebook a couple weeks ago, I stumbled onto a story in my newsfeed that made my jaw drop. It is an extraordinary story of friendship that also includes fun and adventure for all involved.

(Photo from We Carry Kevan Facebook page)
Kevan Chandler has Spinal Muscular Dystrophy which means that he is confined to a wheelchair. He had a dream to travel to Europe with his friends. This dream included doing non-wheelchair-accessible things. He and his friends devised a backpack for them to use to carry Kevan on their backs so he could go wherever they went. Four friends took turns carrying him while two other friends filmed the trip. To watch a video of their trip, click here.

Kevan and his friends (Photo courtesy Kevan Chandler)

What amazing friends! Their trip to Europe was a huge success, and now they've planned a trip to China together with Kevan. Part of the success of their European trip could be attributed to Kevan Chandler's openness to doing the impossible, but what truly amazed me was his friends and their willingness to do what they could to make the trip possible.

I love this story and wanted to share it with the world. It's definitely a story I will not forget.

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