Patrick Gray’s best friend, Justin Skeesuck, has been disabled and confined to a wheelchair since he was 16-years-old, due to a car accident that triggered an autoimmune disorder. That disorder progressively affected his hands, arms, and legs, leaving him almost completely paralyzed.
Skeesuck, now 38, has never been one to let his life be defined by his disability. And one afternoon while watching PBS, he saw a special about the 500-mile long El Camino pilgrimage road across northern Spain. His immediate reaction: “‘I wonder if that was something I could do in a wheelchair,” he said.
When he told Gray his idea, Gray’s response was “I’ll push you.” And as simply as that, the two would attempt to travel the entire El Camino across Spain with Gray pushing his friend’s wheelchair. And that’s exactly what they did.