Father & Son Running The Mississippi River

A father from upstate New York is going to great lengths to help children with disabilities feel included. He's running the entire length of the Mississippi River and pushing his son in a wheelchair the whole way. 
 
Today they made it to La Crosse, and Fox 25/48's Erin O’Brien has their story. 
 
Running... and rolling... down the mighty Mississippi. A father and son on a mission to travel 1700 miles along the river from Minnesota to Louisiana in 28 days. 
 
The reason why? This chair, and the eleven-year-old sitting in it. 
 
Shamus Evans was born with cerebral palsy and his father Shaun uses this special wheelchair to include him on his runs. 
 
"He wants to be an active participant in whatever manner that can be for him. I have the honor and privilege of being his legs so that he can participate in running events, or biking events or triathlons."
 
They're working with the organization Ainsley’s Angels, and making stops along the way to donate wheelchairs just like theirs to other families. 
 
"This chair converts into a bike trailer and offers some versatility of activities for kids with special needs so that they can get out there and participate."
 
So far, they're seven days in. 
 
"We never realized how many hills there are right along the river, but it was a beautiful ride really despite the heat and humidity really, and we know that we're rolling to Louisiana so we better get used to that heat."
 
Two years ago, they ran from Seattle to New York City. But this trip was Shamus's idea. 
 
"I was walking along the Mississippi River and I asked the president of Ainsley’s Angels how long the Mississippi river was and she was like 1750 miles and so I thought we could do that."
 
While Shaun and Shamus are running, mom Nichole and brother Simon tag along in this RV taking care of all the logistical details along the way. 
 
"It just seems like an insane thing. But once you become part of it and realize that it's something that can truly be made possible it just becomes a really great thing to be a part of and watch."
 
And for Shaun and Seamus, helping others feel included makes it all worth it.
 
"It makes me feel amazing."
 
In La Crosse, Erin O’Brien, Fox 25 48 News at Nine. 
 

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