One-legged cyclist raising money for disabled children

By  | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- One man is biking from Dallas, TX to Washington D.C. and today he made a stop in Bowling Green.

Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah is in the middle of a 25-day, over 2,000-mile journey, and he's doing it with one leg.

Today stopped by the Boys and Girls Club to share his inspiring story to a group of children.

Yeboah was born without a tibia in his right leg, but that hasn't stopped him from being a hero to an entire nation.

"What it means to be a hero, is someone who wants to do something for the people," says Yeboah, "because in this world, it's about people helping people."

In Yeboah's home country of Ghana, disabled children are often poisoned or left in the woods to die, because they are thought to be a curse.

"I'm trying to achieve this for the people in my country and the people in the world," he says. "I wanted to set an example because you don't have to become president, or you don't have to become a rich person before you can do something for others."

Yeboah's mother vowed to make sure he got a chance at life, carrying him to school until he was big enough to hop there on one leg.

"My mom, she believed in me, and I believe the kind of love my mom had for me, it was was wonderful."

Yeboah wants to show the same kind of strength and compassion toward others as his mother showed toward him.

"You can do something to help others no matter how you are. Any situation you are in, you can think about other people. So I'm riding this bicycle to raise money to build a school for disabled people in Africa."

Emmanuel's Educational Foundation and Sports Academy is all-inclusive. It provides children in Ghana a place to learn and play.

Yeboah wants children to know that they can do anything if they put their mind to it.

"You don't have to give up. You have to keep on pounding, because when you try today and it doesn't work, it can work tomorrow"

Yeboah says his dream is to see no more disabled people begging on the streets of Ghana, and he will continue to push towards that goal until the day that he dies.

"This is not going to be the last [bike ride] and this is not the beginning. I'm going to continue to do this until the day my dream will come true."

To donate, you can click on the link attached to this story.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station. powered by Disqus