December 18, 2015

Pushing On

Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray

Dialogue features the inspirational story of two best friends and their journey along the 500-mile Camino de Santiago in Spain.

Host Marcia Franklin interviews Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray, who grew up together in Ontario, OR. Now Boise-area residents, the two became even closer when Justin was diagnosed with a progressive neuromuscular disease that made it impossible for him to use his arms and legs.

Undeterred, and motivated by a Rick Steves program on PBS about the Camino de Santiago, Justin decided he wanted to make the trek in his wheelchair. Gray made the dream a reality by pushing (and at times pulling) Skeesuck. The two are now making a documentary about their journey of faith, perseverance, love and community called "I'll Push You."

Franklin talks with the duo about why they wanted to produce the film, their hopes for it, and the challenges they faced along the way.

Skeesuck and Gray, who also operate a business called 'The Disabled Traveler,' have been featured in news media outlets around the world and have also recorded a TedX talk. After the taping of the main program, Franklin taped an Extra with them about traveling with a disability.