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East Texans prepare for wheelchair games this weekend

East Texas Wheelchair Games a symbol of pride and positivity

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TYLER (KYTX) - People all over East Texas and even surrounding cities like Dallas, are getting ready for the 16th Annual East Texas Wheelchair Games, coming up on Saturday. 

Veteran competitors look forward to this day every year, saying it's a way to show their communities that they're not so disabled after all.

Lisa Jewett has been in a wheelchair since she was two years old, when she was in a bad car accident.

"Landed on a culvert on a driveway and it severed my spine. It's all I know," she sways.

Even though she faces daily challenges, nothing has kept her from embracing every part of her life with a smile.  

"I've got a 22 year old son, and he made me a grandma. I've got a four year old grandson. I graduated from Whitehouse High School, I have a job. I work at Walmart," Jewett says. 

She says the wheelchair games are a great platform to showcase her positive attitude.

"It's a great way to show even the walking world, don't let nothing stop you!"

The wheelchair games bring together people of all ages with many different disabilities.

"We do the shot put with a wooden bowling pin, which is for quads who can't grip it as tight as we can. There's archery, there are a lot of races, manuals and power chairs."

Jewett, a self-proclaimed daredevil, says the races are her favorite.  

"Them power chairs can go pretty fast!" she laughs.

She's proud to live in a community that holds and supports events like the wheelchair games.  

"It's a way to get with friends and family and just see what we are capable of doing and show that, yes we can."

Next on the agenda? come home this weekend with some first place awards! 

"Bring it on!" she says with a beaming smile.

The event starts Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Rose Stadium and it's open to the public. If you want to sign up and haven't yet, there's still plenty of time. You can even sign up the morning of the event. There is no fee to participate.

For more information please call John Mitchell, president of Wheelers and Walkers Association, at (903) 566-0937 or the Glass Recreation Center at (903) 595-7271.

An award presentation and refreshments will be provided following the games.


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