More MS news articles for June 2001

Journey Across America

http://www.championsofcourage.org/champions/muir/mmuirevent.html

Watch this page for updates as Michael Muir travels across America via horse-drawn carriage!

May 30, 2001 – Michael Muir and company report they are "still alive" and approaching Abilene, TX. Michael is doing well actually and happy to be out of the desert and coming in to the grassland.

They had a TV spot in Midland, Texas on channel 7. They opened the nightly news with a report on Michael and company visiting a local rehab center and giving rides in the wheelchair carriage.

Michael and company will be heading toward Austin and Oklahoma City in the months of June and July. You can read their first-hand account of this epic journey by logging on their website.

April 23, 2001 – More than 600 miles and three months into the Horsedrawn Journey Across America, Michael Muir and company will be visiting New Mexico and Texas during April and May. State Senator Steve Komadina is sponsoring the horses at the family's Vista Hermosa Llama Farm in Corrales, NM during their stay in that state.

In Albuquerque, they gave wheelchair carriage rides to patients in the rehabilitation units of local hospitals, including Cody Unser, 14-year-old daughter of Bobby Unser, Jr. who is in a wheelchair from a disabling spinal disease.

They have received a letter of support from New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and are meeting with representatives from the New Mexico Commission for the Concerns of the Disabled to spread their message that disability does not mean inability.

On his website, Michael wrote recently: "The Horsedrawn Journey Across America is carrying a message of hope and inspiration to people everywhere who are challenged by disability. We have seen the power of this message in the faces of the children we have met. We have felt the surge of joy in demonstrating to someone who has been injured that disability does not mean inability. Opening the door to a more active and rewarding life for those who struggle with crippling illness is the guiding force of this journey."

To view Michael's itinerary, and read his colorfully written travel journal, go to www.horsejourney.com/HTML/journey.html.

March 7, 2001 – Michael is spending the month of March in Arizona. He plans to spend the week of March 13 in Phoenix and Scottsdale meeting with Governor Jane Dee Hull and giving demonstrations at therapy centers. Then, he heads to Tucson and on to Tombstone, where the famous shootout at the OK Corral took place in 1881. Michael and Company should make quite a splash in this colorfully historic western town. (See March 7 news release.)

January 30, 2001 – The Horsedrawn Journey Across America begins from lovely Mission San Diego, after the drivers and horses receive a blessing from Monsignor Prendergast. Events of the day include an opporunity to view the horses and special equipment, and for Michael Muir, a few interviews.
(Click links to view photos from the event)

Links to more information:

To view a map with the route of Michael's journey, visit http://www.horsejourney.com/HTML/journey.html at the at the Driving for the Disabled site, where you will also find day by day journal entries!

Michael's purpose in participating is to inspire others who feel challenged by their condition, and to raise awareness about MS. Read the press release at http://www.championsofcourage.org/news/2001/2001jan22muir.html.

Horse-drawn Hope –The Reporter, Vacaville, CA at http://www.thereporter.com/Current/News/01/01/daily012201.html#Horse-drawn_hope

Read Michael's story at http://www.championsofcourage.org/champions/muir/mMuir.html.

Learn more about how United States Driving for the Disabled Inc. introduces people with disabilities to the sport of driving at http://www.horsejourney.com .