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A new ride for Emmanuel Yeboah
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of San Diego Tribune

San Diego Tribune, October 24, 2015
Posted: May 6th, 2019

Two pedals, one leg - the bicycle and Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah werent exactly made for each other. He got on one anyway, and it changed his life. Changed other peoples lives, too. Now the San Diegan wants to do it all again. Yeboah, 38, was born in Ghana without a shinbone in his right leg. The deformity set him up for life as an outcast. His mother believed he could be more than that. Her dream became his dream. After she died, he decided to honor her hopes for him by cycling one-legged across Ghana. He wanted to raise awareness for the plight of the disabled while setting an example for what was possible. He rode a mountain bike almost 400 miles in 10 days, clad in a T-shirt with The Pozo - disabled person - printed on the front. Pozo! Pozo! people yelled as he rode by, but they werent making fun of him. They were cheering. By the time he was done, hed gone from curiosity to national hero. Government officials, their eyes opened, eventually passed legislation giving the disabled greater rights. In 2005, he was the subject of a documentary, Emmanuels Gift, narrated by Oprah Winfrey. And then the publics attention moved on, as it always does, to other dreams, to other dreamers. Except Yeboah isnt finished with his. He wants to build a school in Ghana for the disabled. So hes formed a nonprofit organization, Emmanuels Dream. But he also knows what got him noticed in the first place. Hes getting back on the bike. The plan is to ride from San Diego to Oregon, 1,082 miles in 21 days.

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