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You're Invited! Motivational Speakers Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck Visit BHS

Updated: Feb 18, 2022

Gear Up is happy to be able to bring motivational speakers Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck to Buhl High School on Wednesday, February 23, from 12:15-1:15. Their story shows how friendship can help us persevere through life's challenges as Patrick pushes Justin on a 500 mile journey through northern Spain.

Students in 9th and 10th grade have been reading the book I'll Push You in their English classes. We are inviting parents to come listen to these speakers' inspiring story. We would love to have you join us in the BHS auditorium at 12:15 on Wednesday!

"I'll Push You." The words that came easily to Patrick. But had no idea of the struggle that lay ahead.

Meet Justin and Patrick:

Born in the same hospital two days apart, they grew up together, faced life shoulder to shoulder, and were best man in each other's weddings. It was the way things had always been. It was the way things were always going to be.

But then the unexpected struck-Justin was diagnosed with a progressive neuromuscular disease that robbed him the use of his arms and legs. As Justin transitioned to life lived in a wheelchair, Patrick stayed by his side, and together they refused to give in to despair or physical limitations.

So when Justin shared his dream of traveling the famous Camino de Santiago-a spiritual pilgrimage through the mountains and rough terrain of northern Spain--Patrick immediately volunteered to push Justin in his wheelchair. Their six week, 500 mile trek, with its physical challenges, host of colorful characters, and deep inner battles, would prove to be the most difficult and important journey either man would ever take.

Full of love, humor, and faith, I'll Push You exemplifies what every friendship is meant to be. This epic travel adventure shows the incredible risk and reward that come with trusting someone else to have your back-no matter what. Discover how friendship can push us past all limits...and help us become the best versions of ourselves.

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