We Carry Kevan: China

$22,595 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 479 people in 5 months
If we are creative and courageous, the world becomes accessible.

Two years ago, my friends and I decided to backpack through Europe. The catch? I was the backpack. I typically rely on a wheelchair to get around, and our plans were not exactly conducive to that. So, we left my wheelchair at the airport and the guys carried me for three weeks in a specially designed backpack. We hiked the English countryside, climbed the island of Skellig Michael, and explored Paris from one end to the other.

It was an amazing experience, and we've since had the joy of sharing our story to inspire and challenge audiences all over the world. We've also started a nonprofit called We Carry Kevan, to provide backpacks and help others find ways to have similar experiences, both locally and abroad.

Now, we are ready to explore another part of the wide world -- China. We are excited to join with Show Hope on this adventure. Show Hope is an organization that serves orphans with disabilities, with care centers set up throughout China. Our aim with visiting these care centers is to deliver our custom Deuter backpacks for their use, and to be an encouragement to the children, as well as the staff and their surrounding communities. In meeting with these kids and their caregivers, we hope to demonstrate that life is full of possibility and hope. We all have limitations, but through creativity, courage, and community, we can move beyond those limitations and embrace our full potential. As we travel between centers, we will also take this opportunity to see such historic sights as the Shaolin Temple, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall.

But we need your help to make this happen, by giving financially to the endeavor and raising awareness with us. Join us, too, by following along on social media. We want you to be part of the experience, part of the story. You are invited to help "carry Kevan" and in doing so, carry so many more.

We will be visiting Guilin, Luoyang, and Beijing.

Our team consists of...

Ben Duvall
Tom Troyer
Danny Tenney

Film Crew:
Luke Thompson

Danny Qin

And, of course, there’s me, Kevan Chandler.

If you'd like to help carry me through China, we would love to have your support.

We Carry Kevan: http://wecarrykevan.com 
Show Hope:  http://showhope.org
Deuter Sport:  http://deuterusa.com 

Budget Breakdown (estimated):

In-Country Travel....$4,000
Per Diem......................$3,500
GoFundMe Fee.........$3,000
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Many of you contributed this week to help us reach $22,000 for our trip to China, and as promised, my friend and pastor Steve shaved down to a mustache! I don't think he's been without a beard in over 10 years, but you got him there and here's the proof he followed through. Check our Facebook page next week for photos of us together with our matching 'staches. But yes, THANK YOU for helping us reach the $22k mark, and thank you, Steve, for being such a great sport. We are almost to our goal!

PS - If you'd like to check out the church Steve pastors, the website is http://www.relevantfw.org
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My pastor Steve recently decided to do something completely crazy! He has had a beard for as long as I've known him (3+ years), but if we can hit the $22,000 mark by July 2nd, he will shave it down to just a mustache for his family's upcoming Disney vacation. I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty cool. So, let's make this happen! Tell your friends and family, give if you can, and share share share! If we reach the goal and he sticks to his word (he's good for it), I'll post a picture for proof :) Thanks!
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Our visas have been approved!
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It's official, we've ordered our plane tickets! We've also applied for our visas, and should hear back in a few weeks on their approval. The idea to visit China came when we were exploring Europe, so it feels great (an understatement, really) to see it become such a reality almost exactly two years later. And we're SO CLOSE to our financial goal for the trip, which is incredible! Thank you for helping us make this crazy dream come true!
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$22,595 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 479 people in 5 months
Funds raised will benefit:
We Carry Kevan, Inc.
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