In November 2015, I read an inspiring story posted on the ABC News website. It was about a brother team, Kyle and Brent Pease. Kyle has Cerebral Palsy (CP), but competes with his brother in marathons and Ironman competitions. Kyle lives with cerebral palsy with spastic quadriplegia which means he has been in a wheelchair his entire life.
CP is a term that describes a group of chronic conditions that affect body movement and muscle coordination. CP is caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain, usually occurring during fetal development; before, during, or shortly after birth; or during infancy. CP disorders are not caused by problems in the muscles or nerves but by inadequate development or damaged motor areas in the brain which disrupt the brain’s ability to sufficiently control movement and posture.
So how did Kyle and Brent start competing in marathons and Ironman competitions?
In 2011, Kyle watched his brother Brent compete in an Ironman competition. Kyle asked, ‘Can people in wheelchairs do Ironmans?’” Brent said of the race, which consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile run, “The response was an emphatic yes and that was the start of all of this.”
In 2011, the brothers also created the Kyle Pease Foundation. The purpose of the Kyle Pease Foundation (KPF) is to create awareness and raise funds to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs through sports.
Programs may include scholarship opportunities, purchasing of medical equipment or adaptive sports equipment for others or contributing to other organizations that provide similar assistance to disabled persons as well as participating in educational campaigns to create awareness about Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities.
KPF will provide these services directly to individuals as well as to partner with other existing non-profit organizations to achieve these goals.
Direct benefits will be limited to persons with disabilities who need adaptive sports equipment, mobility devices or medical care.
Kyle is a college graduate who also works at Piedmont Hospital and Publix Supermarkets as well as being actively involved in the KPF. Brent is an Endurance Coach as well as the Executive Director for the KPF.
Recently Kyle wrote a children’s book called, “Where There’s a Wheel, There Is a Way,” It is really a book for people of all ages with or without a disability. The book extends Kyle’s philosophy on his life: that people with disabilities have no limits.
Below is the article that provided PACE the awareness of the Pease brothers and their dedication to creating awareness and raising funds to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs through sports.
By the way, to date the Pease Brothers have competed in 52 competitions with several more planned in 2016.
PACE celebrates Cerebral Palsy Awareness month and dedicates this month to Kyle and Brent Pease. Two people who are making a difference for people with disabilities. I encourage you to visit their webpage:
Please don’t forget that March 25, 2016 is National Cerebral Palsy Day and October 5, 2016 is World Cerebral Palsy Day.
Kyle and Brent hope to be in Kona, Hawaii competing in an Ironman Competition in October!