LIFE

Kevan Can’t Walk — But He Spent Three Weeks Backpacking Through Europe Thanks To His Friends

by Alex Cavallo

We all get by with a little help from our friends. Kevan Chandler, a 32-year-old from Fort Wayne, Indiana, got to travel the world with the help of his.

Chandler was born with a condition called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA),  a genetic disease that affects his ability to control his own voluntary muscle movement. As a result, Kevan has been in a wheelchair his whole life. However, while he might be constrained to a wheelchair, he refused to be constrained to Indiana. His buddies were there to help.

In the summer of 2015, Kevan joined a group of his friends on a three-week backpacking trip through Europe. The problem was, a lot of the stops on their trip weren’t even close to being wheelchair accessible. So, along with their knapsacks, Kevan’s friends took turns carrying Kevan.

They called their adventure “We Carry Kevan,” and hoped that their trip would inspire others with disabilities to explore their potential and break barriers they didn’t think possible.

A video about their trip has recently taken the internet by storm, and We Carry Kevan has resonated deeply with viewers who were both touched by his friends’ devotion and inspired by Kevan’s commitment to seizing all that life has to offer, despite his physical limitations.

Kevan and his friends aren’t done traveling yet. They plan to travel to China for their next trip — proving that the world is there for everyone to explore.

 

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