I remember one Family Retreat, I decided to go on (as I call it) a “wheelchair hike” with my friend Jennifer who has cerebral palsy.
I'm Joni Eareckson Tada. I remember one Family Retreat, I decided to go on (as I call it) a “wheelchair hike” with my friend Jennifer who has cerebral palsy. We were both in our power wheelchairs, talking and wheeling along, and it was nice to be meandering down the dirt road by ourselves. But just after the bend in the road, the batteries on Jennifer’s wheelchair went dead. She started panicking. I spotted a couple of volunteers up the road and screamed out for their help. Thankfully they came to the rescue. Yep, people with disabilities like me… we can’t make it without help. It’s why I greatly honor the folks who volunteer with us at our Family Retreats. Our volunteers don’t have to be “experts,” just able to perform a service on behalf of with a disability. Visit joniandfriends.org to volunteer. It's a wonderful way to offer help where it's needed most.
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