David and Zach Quest to Sac
Trip Start Mar 01, 2012
134Trip End Mar 31, 2014
David, you see, has cerebral palsy. When he was born in 1960, he didn’t start breathing right away, and his parents were told he was brain damaged and should be put in an institution. They kept him at home, and raised him with his three siblings.
Today he is employed at the Kern Assistive Technology Center in Bakersfield, where he helps others find the correct assistive technology to communicate, use a computer, or other activities they cannot do on their own. "For the last 10 years, I have wanted to ride my wheelchair from Bakersfield to the state capitol," said David. “I have a passion for the work I do because I use technology every day and I know how it has changed my life.”
David hopes to raise money for the center – at least $100,000 – and he wants to show that people with disabilities can do anything they set out to do. State budget cuts to services for the disabled are having a serious impact on real people, and the journey to the capitol seeks to focus attention on that issue.
The Bakersfield community rallied around, purchasing a top of the line wheelchair for David, outfitting son Zach with a road bike and gear.
You can make a donation and read more about David and Zach and their Quest @ http://www.kernatcenter.org/david-and-zachs-quest-to-sac/
I stumbled onto this gathering by accident this afternoon, and wanted to share their story with you.