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Trek to capitol raises awareness for disabled

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A wheelchair trek through the Central Valley aimed at raising awareness about how state budget cuts impact people with disabilities ended on Tuesday afternoon in Sacramento.

David Mensch, who was born with cerebral palsy, rode a motorized wheelchair and was joined by his son Zach, 15, on a bicycle throughout the trek, which started in Bakersfield on Friday.

In the first leg of the trek, David attempted to break the world record of the longest distance traveled in a motorized wheelchair in less than 24 hours, which was set at 154 miles. He arrived in Madera, his hometown, on Saturday morning, breaking the record with 170 miles traveled in 22 hours, organizers said. Family, friends, officials and other supporters welcomed the 1980 Madera High School graduate with a dinner and recognition.

The duo then went on to complete their quest in Sacramento three days later where they were greeted by more supporters, family and the staffs of state officials. Though David hoped to speak to Gov. Jerry Brown or Reps. Jean Fuller and Michael Rubio, who represent his area, they were not available, according to Jamie Russell, a spokeswoman of David & Zach’s Quest 2 Sac. In a red carpet entry to the State Capitol Building, David was presented with plaques and proclamations...


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