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We Carry Kevan: China

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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...

Carriers:
Ben Duvall
Tom Troyer
Danny Tenney

Film Crew:
Luke Thompson

Translator:
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):

Visas..............................$1,500
Airfare........................$10,000
Accommodations.....$3,000
In-Country Travel....$4,000
Per Diem......................$3,500
GoFundMe Fee.........$3,000
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Dear friends, we have returned from our journey through China. I call it a journey not just in the geographic sense, but relational and spiritual too. We climbed Elephant Trunk Hill on the Li River, we danced in the city park, and we hiked over unrestored parts of the Great Wall. These are each amazing memories to us, but for all of our high adventure, the most profound times we had were spent rolling around on the floor with kids and eating at dinner tables with new friends who quickly became old friends. These experiences change lives all around, shape cultures on both sides, and we consider ourselves blessed beyond measure to be part of them.
In the weeks and months to come, we will be releasing a series of videos online spanning the narrative of our journey. In addition to this series, next summer will bring the official release of my memoir, which will cover both our trip to Europe and this trip to China.
This is all made possible by your unbelievable support, folks. Thank you so much for giving to these opportunities. We strive to be good stewards of your generosity, and look forward to sharing these stories in more depth, with you and the rest of the world. In sharing, my hope is that others will be as inspired as we are to be creative and courageous in how we live and love one another more fully. Thanks for being part of this.

"These are the roots of rhythm, and the roots of rhythm remain." - Paul Simon
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Everyone has made it home now, and we’ve been reflecting on how amazing this trip was. The incredible landscapes, experiencing the different cultures in each town, and the time spent together as a group were all amazing, but it was the people we met along the way that changed our lives.

Thank you all for making this trip possible. We couldn’t have done this without you!
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We made it out of China and are on our way home! Thank you all for the well wishes and prayers!

(waving goodbye to the security camera)
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Apparently, Mother Nature wants us to stay in China. State-side, Hurricane Florence was headed toward North Carolina, and there is now a Super Typhoon headed toward Southern China, where our connecting flight has been canceled. But we’ve re-booked our flights and this is now our official last night in Beijing!
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Raised by 535 people in 10 months
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