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Ryan Chalmers Finishes His Push Across America

University of Illinois graduate and paralymian Ryan Chalmers recently wrapped up his Push Across America tour, where he pushed himself across the country in his racing wheelchair in just over two months. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with Ryan now that he’s done with the push.

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(Duration: 51:34)

Ryan Chalmers pushes into New York City on the last leg of his Push Across America.

Ryan Chalmers pushes into New York City on the last leg of his Push Across America. Parker Feierbach

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign grad, PADI divemaster and US Paralympian Ryan Chalmers has pushed himself nearly 3,000 miles over the course of the last few months in his racing wheelchair, journeying the length of three to four full length marathons every day. In a Ryan and his team pushing into Champaign May 22.campaign he called “Push Across America,” Ryan traveled  from Los Angeles, California to Central Park in New York City to raise awareness and money for programs to benefit people with disabilities. To start this hour of Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Chalmers about the trek now that he has finished his journey. Then, we’ll listen back to Jim’s interview with Ryan when he came through Champaign-Urbana in the middle of his push in late May.

(Pictured right: Ryan and his team push into Champaign May 22. Photo credit: Parker Feierbach) 

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