‘Choosing to See’ blind athlete bikes across the United States inspiring people along the way
Team made a special stop in Gooding at the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind
GOODING, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Students and staff at the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind were visited by a woman who is crossing the United States on a bicycle and also happens to be completely blind.
“It’s probably one of the hardest changes that I’ve ever gone through,” said Shawn Cheshire on Wednesday.
Shawn Cheshire is a United States Army veteran, and a former paramedic.
During a tragic accident, she suffered a traumatic brain injury and became legally blind.
But two years after the accident, she lost her sight completely.
Shortly after becoming blind, she became a cyclist and has competed in the Paralympics as a tandem cyclist.
10 years after becoming completely blind, she is now riding across the United States on a bicycle with two guides, one in front of her, and one behind.
“I chose to do this because I want all of you to feel like anything is possible and that anything that you desire to do, regardless of what anybody else in the world says, if you want it bad enough, you can do it,” said Cheshire.
On Wednesday her team made a special stop in Gooding at the School for the Deaf and Blind where she spoke about her experiences.
“In the world outside of here there are a lot of people that would say that what I’m doing is impossible, so now we are proving it together that it is not impossible,” said Cheshire.
The students were able to ask her questions, and understand why completing this journey is so important to her.
“I don’t want any of you to feel limited in the capacity of the type of life you choose to live, and if you live limited it’s your choice, not anybody else’s,” said Cheshire.
Her bike ride began on May 17th in Oregon, and they hope to arrive in Virginia Beach on July 10th.
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