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Sequim wheelchair rodeo returns

by AMANDA WINTERS
Sequim Gazette

A Sequim woman with a history of advocacy for people with disabilities is bringing back the wheelchair rodeo as part of national Make a Difference Day.

 

An obstacle course, drag race and plenty of food and prizes will be part of the Oct. 22 event at the Sequim Fire Station on Fifth Avenue.

 

Margaret Witt, 88, organized the event for years before dropping her involvement five years ago following the death of her husband, Howard.

 

But now she’s back and ready to hold a fun event for people who, like her late husband, are wheelchair-bound.

 

Witt said transportation is a huge barrier locally for people in wheelchairs. The public transportation options are very limited and the private options are expensive. In a rural area, a lack of transportation only adds to the isolation already felt by people with disabilities, she said. She hopes the rodeo will help bring attention to those challenges.

 

Participants in the past wheelchair rodeos have ranged in age from 12 to 80-something, she said.

 

“They had a ball after they saw they could get out and have fun with their own kind,” she said.

 

Witt said she knows she is running out of time to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and she hopes someone will come along and continue what she began.

 

“It is important to help them (people who are wheelchair-bound) have a better quality of life,” she said.

 

The wheelchair rodeo will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Sequim Fire Station, 323 N. Fifth Ave. For more information, call Margaret Witt at 683-3091 or Julie Broadwell at 683-7999 or Fire Chief Steve Vogel at 683-4242.

 

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