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PUSH INTERNATIONAL
January 22, 2011

I would like to share with you some of the best experiences I had while in Mazatlan. I met a 26-year-old woman who needed a wheelchair. She contracted a rare virus called transverse mellitus and is no unable to use her legs. As my partner Kiersten and I were getting to know her so we could match her with the best possible chair we learned she used to be a very active person. She used to box and play rugby and since she contracted this virus she had become very depressed and felt helpless. We found her a great wheelchair to have that is sporty, fast and light. Jeff and Bree also invited her to help out Push International as a volunteer to help give her meaning in life. She was also introduced to Sergio who helps to run Push International while Bree is here in the States. Sergio is also wheelchair bound be has been able to compete in tennis and biking competitively. I hope that he helps to get her involved and active. She was so excited to have the chair we gave her and I have all the faith she will build a new identity for herself and find something she can do to help others.
Each and every day I was met with a new challenge, whether it was fitting a person with a wheelchair, meeting someone with a diagnosis I did not understand or feeding and playing with the disabled children in the day care. I was able to learn new techniques and try out my own ideas due to the great leadership of my team lead Bree Lair, co-founder of Push International. She was a wealth of knowledge and allowed us to problem solve small issues and assist us in problem solving bigger issues.
It was one of the best and most challenging trips of my life. This is a great organization that is very caring and takes pride in even the smallest accomplishments.

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Volunteer & I helped the disabled people of Mazatlan, Mexico.