Ryan Chalmers was born without complete use of his legs, and has used a wheelchair his whole life. He represents the desires of many disabled persons—not to be treated differently because of his disability. He doesn't believe his physical impairment excludes him from doing anything that the rest of the population can do.
Actually, Ryan can do things most people can't do. He's nearing the end of a cross-country trip in his racing chair. He left Los Angeles in April and will be passing through Philly this next Wednesday on his way to New York City (his end destination).
If you'd like to see and cheer this world-class athlete near the end of his world-class-athlete achievement, you can at Love Park this next Wednesday, June 12th at 11:00 AM. You can learn more about Ryan's trek at his Push Across America site.