Modified handcart for special needs trekkers

Pioneer treks seem defined by fatigue, weary feet and a few aches and pains. The drinking water on the typical youth pioneer trek is unavoidably warm and the ground to sleep on is inevitably hard. The weather usually comes in one of two varieties: hot or cold.

Still, every summer thousands of LDS youth and their leaders don pioneer-style garb and leave creature comforts behind to push and pull handcarts, enjoy the fellowship of their trek "families" and develop a better understanding and appreciation of the Mormon pioneers. Most return home with a few blisters and a journal filled with life-altering experiences and memories.

A pair of youth from the South Jordan Highland Utah Stake knew well the meaning of challenges and endurance long before their stake's recent pioneer trek in western Wyoming. Seventeen-year-old Cambrey Bean suffered a stroke several months ago that, for a time, left her unable to walk and speak. Josh Lindsey, 15, was born with a rare medical condition that affects his limbs, the bones of his body and his ability to recover quickly after physical exertion.

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