Family recounts coast-to-coast inclusion run

GALWAY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Saratoga County family took their son’s dream to travel the U.S. and made it a cross country run to promote inclusion.

“He’s got a lot going on in that head of his, and I’m not surprised at all that he dreamt this up,” Sunday School teacher Amy Zawisa said.

3,200 miles in 60 days. That’s the resilience inside 9-year-old Shamus Evans.

Shamus was born with cerebral palsy, but that doesn’t keep him on the sidelines. To prove to children with disabilities they can conquer a milestone, the Evans family ran the United States over the summer.

“His belief in what we could accomplish this summer is really what pulled us from coast to coast,” Shamus’s father Shaun Evans said.

Their friends and family listened in awe on Thursday night as Shaun detailed every step of their mission.

“The determination to get it done like he did was amazing,” family friend Rob Montheue said.

The Evans’s mission was to promote the inclusion of children with disabilities by giving them mobility. The Evans family gifted children throughout 15 states with freedom chairs.

“We were giving these kids the freedom to roll,” Shaun said. “To go faster than they had ever gone before really. These kids have never experienced being able to run.”

The family averaged 50 miles a day but went 70 miles on day two of their journey. Shaun went through 18 pairs of sneakers.

Shamus has one piece of advice for people who are doubtful.

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude,” he said.

Just two weeks after their cross country trip, they raced again, and the family said they will keep on running.

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