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to walk up the steep hills, Jonathan has no such luxury. Legally, he is allowed to have someone push him, but he refuses. The irony is, only Jonathan has ever really pushed Jonathan.

Then, 56 grueling miles later, Jonathan must transfer from his hand cycle to his regular chair in order to readjust and once more transition into his track chair for the last 13.1-miles of the race.

The irony is, only Jonathan has ever really pushed Jonathan.

But just like the comic hero, the work of this Superman is never done. When Carrie’s nephew was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, it was Jonathan who entered a race in Mobile, Alabama, so that he might pull both Malic and his sister, Alana (an extra 90 pounds) behind his cycle. “I wanted to set an example,” said Jonathan, hoping to show both Malic and his family that all things are possible.

Whoever said Superman needed a cape anyway?

MansfieldNOW May 2008

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