CAOO Supports John Robinson's Journey

With the goal of raising awareness of the ability inside all People with Disabilities, Our Ability will lead the largest event ever for People with Disabilities in New York State beginning June 23 with the Journey Along the Erie Canal, a 17-day, 350 mile bike ride starting in Buffalo and ending in Albany. In a follow-up to the PBS documentary, Get Off Your Knees: The John Robinson Story, Our Ability, Inc. will produce a television documentary and ‘web-episodes’ of quad-amputee John Robinson, his family and other people with disabilities crossing Upstate New York along the historic Erie Canal. Our Ability hopes the trek across New York will raise local, regional and national awareness, and financial and volunteer support for all people with disabilities.

On June 26, 2013, paddlers from Heritage Christian Services, Ties (Together Including Every Student), a local Wounded Warrior and the Mayor of Pittsford will paddle a double-hulled outrigger canoe to escort John and his group into the village of Pittsford where Mayor Corby will extend an official welcome to Pittsford. CAOO members Anja Pierce and Bob Balk, silver medalists in the International Canoe Federation Paracanoe World Sprint Championships, will support the event.  Pierce, a Pittsford resident, will accompany the outrigger canoe in solo va’a; Bob Balk, a former Rochester resident, be in attendance at the Town Hall Meeting to show his support. Anticipated departure time from Lock #32 is 12:30 pm. Look for updates on this web site.

The Pieters Family Life Center will host a town meeting at 6pm on the evening of June 26. Everyone is invited to come and hear John’s inspirational message.

On June 29th, CAOO will have the honor of providing outrigger canoe activity for the trek from Lyons to Clyde.

See: for more information about the Journey and a daily schedule of the trek.