Check It Out:I’ll Push You: A Journey of 500 Miles

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on October 09, 2017 # Travel

New in the PRC Library …

I’ll Push You: A Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends, and One Wheelchair by Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck, Carol Stream, Ill.: Tyndale Momentum, 2017.

Born two days apart, Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray were destined to be friends. Like typical best friends, Justin and Patrick did many things together until one day Justin was diagnosed with a progressive neuromuscular disease that caused him to lose mobility in both arms and both legs and become a wheelchair user. In 1991, Justin and Patrick were in a car accident which left Patrick with a few scrapes and bruises while Justin had ruptured multiple discs in his back. Through countless MRIs, muscle biopsies and various forms of poking and prodding, Patrick stayed by his side.

Although Justin lost mobility he never wavered from his dreams of traveling. Even though traveling to see the world is amazing, Justin wanted more of a spiritual pilgrimage through the mountains of Camino de Santiago in Spain. Once Justin explained his plans to his best friend Patrick, Patrick immediately volunteered to not only go but to push his friend on his journey. This book exemplifies resilience, love, humor, faith and true friendship to the best of its ability, along with photos from the early years of their friendship to more recent weddings and vacations. Read and explore the 500 mile journey of Patrick and Justin.

A copy of this book can be checked out from the Paralysis Resource Center’s Library.

Please see the online catalog and borrowing instructions.

The National Paralysis Resource Center website is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $8,700,000 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.