Hiking a steep mountain trail isn’t for the faint of heart. It requires physical strength and a determined mind… or a wonderful group of friends.
Shue Vang was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as a teenager. The 29-year-old has since lost all strength in his legs and some in his arms, requiring him to rely on a wheelchair. Still, he was determined to reach the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park in Utah.
With that dream in mind, his friend Calvin Kim organized a group to carry Shue to the mountain’s 5,790-foot peak through his nonprofit, F5 Challenge.
When the big day came, everyone got to work! Shue was able to use his wheelchair for a little while, but eventually he had to leave it behind. That’s when his team took over, taking turns using a special backpack to carry him toward his goal.
When they finally summited, Shue was thrilled. He explained the experience in a Facebook post, writing,
I was able to see, to feel, to smell, to touch, to embrace what it was like being at the very top. Looking down at the beauty of the valley, at the clouds, at the various shapes of rocks and plants, I was able to get a glimpse, a taste, of heaven. But the best part of the trip wasn’t being at the top but the journey of meeting strangers who became my family.
And he’s not done yet! Shue hopes to participate in a marathon in February 2020, so Calvin organized a GoFundMe to raise money for the special wheelchair his friend needs to make another dream come true.
Whether they’re facing sheer cliffs or long miles, this dynamic duo refuses to let anything stand in their way. What a wonderful example of the barriers friendship can overcome!
Learn more about Shue’s incredible experience in the video below, and remember to share his story with your friends!
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