Michigan man takes Cerebral Palsy to new heights
Sun, 05 May 2013 22:45:40 GMT —
A Michigan man is taking his passion to new heights, by walking across the state on stilts.
Neil Sauter, from Blissfield, has Cerebral Palsy and is walking 400 miles around the state to raise money for a non-profit organization called, United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan.
Neil started his journey back on April 12th in Ann Arbor and since then he's traveled thru several cities across the state, including some in Northern Michigan. On Friday, Neil traveled thru Petoskey, Charlevoix, and the Norwood area. Saturday he made his way thru Elk Rapids and finally on Sunday he stopped in Acme and Traverse City.
Neil says it's not only a great way to raise awareness, but it's also great for his own health.
"When I walk, my feet turn inward and I tend to trip on my own feet a lot and I received a lot of services to help me overcome my disability and I want to do something to help other people do the same and I found that for me stilts kind of served like a brace and it actually holds my legs straight and I'm more coordinated on stilts than I am on my own two feet," said Sauter.
Neil says that he relies on the friendly hospitality from strangers for a place to sleep and rest in between walks.
He will be making his way to the Upper Peninsula next weekend. For a complete list of the cities he'll be visiting, or to make a donation, click here.