How I Hiked Down the Grand Canyon in a Wheelchair – Friedreich’s Ataxia News

“Look, Ma, no wheels!” Matt, second from right, with friends at the Grand Canyon in 2006. (Courtesy of Matt Lafleur)

“Are you sure you’ll be OK?” my three friends asked after they sat me on a picnic table, pen in hand and journal before me.

It was 2006, and we were on spring break. The late afternoon sunlight wasn’t getting any brighter, and I knew they wouldn’t want me to be alone after sunset. “I’ll be fine,” I promised. “Go!”

My buddies hiked farther and farther away until I could no longer see them in the overgrown brush.

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