Wheel-a-thon takes Rollins from Hastings to York

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For anyone who’s ever been diagnosed with a body-crippling disease, the road is never- ending and constantly poses new challenges.

Setting course on an 80-mile journey—Hastings to Sutton, Sutton to Henderson, and Henderson to York—Dave Rollins, 52, took on the ultimate challenge to raise money for Relay For Life and the Make a Wish Foundation, pushing a wheelchair along the way.

“Normally I wouldn’t do something like this, but my dad passed away because of cancer; it’s a good tribute to him,” Rollins said. His dad, Frank, passed away on Dec. 20, 2016.

His reasoning behind pushing a wheelchair stems back to his younger years when he was diagnosed with Perthes, a disease that affects the head of the femur, which involves the blood supply to the growth plate of the bone to become inadequate, resulting in the bone softening and breaking down.

Diagnosed at the age of four, he would go through 12 surgeries between then and turning 12-years-old. He often sported a body frame brace and was in and out of hospitals for six months at a time. With the diagnosis, he was told he wouldn’t be able to walk, but Rollins beat those odds, a great feat.


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