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Quad-amputee rides bike through New York
FORT HUNTER -- John Robinson has been a quad-amputee his whole life, but he's doing something even the most able couldn't conquer.
Robinson is making his way down the Erie Canal, across the state of New York, all to give those like himself hope.
"The canal is a symbol of economic development, 150 years ago, people had a vision they had a dream, so it's appropriate that we're along the canal this whole way because we want to tell people with disabilities, no matter what the ability is, that there is something for them, there is something we can all do, there is something we can all fulfill," Robinson says.
Robinson started "Our-Ability,"an organization to mentor, connect, and inspire people with disabilities.
His main goal is to get those folks to fill vital roles.
"The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is 20 percent, 4 out of 5 people have left the workforce, so we're really trying to get people back to work, back in the workforce," he tells us.
"In the course of his journey he's also raising money for adaptive equipment, something like his bike, pieces of equipment that can help them and and give them the ability to do something that we take forgranted, in being able to do everyday," Sharon Holdbrook-Ryan, with Liberty tells us.
Persevering through floods, and extreme heat, the journey has been anything but easy. But for this advocate, it's been worth the ride.
"It's been tiring, i'm ready to get home ready to make it to Albany, but it's been a wonderful experience," Robinson says.
He has almost reached the end. He'll ride into the Corning Preserve in Albany around 1pm Monday. That will be where his journey comes to a close. His goal doesn't stop there, if you'd like to make a donation to "Our Ability," visit www.ourability.com.