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Friday, May 25, 2012
Teenager Longboarding the Length of Utah to Raise Money for Friend with a Spinal Cord Injury
A 15-year-old Utah boy named Ben Smith is longboarding (a version of skateboarding) the entire length of Utah during his summer vacation to raise money and awareness for the needs of his friend, Gates Hunsaker, who was paralyzed in a snowboarding accident last year.
Hunsaker has now progressed in his recovery to the point that he would be able to drive a modified vehicle. Smith is hoping to raise enough money to allow Hunsaker to be outfitted with a modified vehicle with hand controls. At the same time, Smith is also bringing awareness to the needs of individuals with spinal cord injuries.
If you have interest in following Smith's path through Utah this summer, you can do so at his blog: http://longboardutahforgates.com/. Also, on Smith's blog, you can donate money for Hunsaker's transportation needs.