Paralympic Athlete Ryan Chalmers Pushes Into Philadelphia

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Paralympic athlete Ryan Chalmers set out from Los Angeles and is pushing his racing chair more than 3,000 miles in 71 days across America.  I caught up with him in Philadelphia to hear more about his inspiring “Push Across America.”

Ryan lives life to the fullest.  He was on day 68 of his journey when I caught up with him.  Ryan’s just days away from his final destination, New York City.  He’s raising awareness for people with disabilities and the non-profit Stay Focused. The organization helps disabled teens through SCUBA certification and leadership programs.

Ryan was born with the birth defect Spina Bifida and has been in a wheelchair his entire life.  But that didn’t stop the 24-year-old from becoming a world class athlete.  Last summer, he represented the United Stated in the 2012 London paralympic games.

But this push is his greatest challenge yet.  Along the way he’s met people with disabilities and his message is simple: don’t let anything stop you from achieving greatness.

Follow Ryan’s journey @PushUSA and check back weekly for more updates!

By Ashley Johnson @AshleyNJohnson3