In 2000, Chet Dyreson suffered a spinal cord injury in a motor cross accident. As a result, Dyreson is paraplegic – he does not have the use of either of his legs, and he is confined to a wheelchair. However, Dyreson has created a gas-powered, motorized wheelchair that can operate at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour, and he decided that he would raise money for paralysis research.
On May 23, Dyreson left his home in California and began a long trek in his super-powered wheelchair across the country to Washington, D.C., where he arrived during the first week of July. Dyreson’s cross country wheelchair trip was to raise money and promote awareness for spinal cord and paralysis research. His two sons, who are motor cross riders, followed him in their truck.
Of his efforts, according to WFMJ Ohio, Dyreson said, “My injury’s 11 years old… chances of them fixing me are probably slim, this isn’t about me. This is about young kids that get hurt.”
While on his 4,000 mile trip, Dyreson spoke to representatives of the Christopher Reeve Foundation and raised funds for spinal cord research.