Why I Pushed My Wheelchair 3,300 Miles

(CNN) — I started playing sports at a young age and gravitated toward wheelchair basketball and track.

In college, I decided to focus primarily on track and pursue my dream of going to the Paralympics. With the support of a great coach and team, I was selected as a member of Team USA and competed in track at the Paralympic Games in London in 2012.

On Saturday, April 6, I embarked on the most challenging journey of my life. I left Los Angeles, heading toward New York City in my racing wheelchair — a 71-day journey of 3,300 miles.

While I didn’t know what to expect or how my body would react to the demands of “pushing” the equivalent of two to three marathons a day, I knew one thing for sure — I’d get it done. I committed to Push Across America as my way of giving back to Stay-Focused, an organization that has significantly impacted my life.

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