Adam and Kayna complete Best Buddies Challenge
BOSTON (WHDH)--Adam Williams and Kayna Whitworth still going strong as they crossed the finish line in Hyannis after a long bike ride in the intense heat. They along with lots of other people biked all the way from Boston to Hyannis.
Through the heat, Adam Williams and Kayna Whitworth torched one-hundred miles of pavement in support of Best Buddies.
“That was really hard,” said Whitworth.
“Was it? Easy for you to say, she was ahead of me the whole time,” Williams said.
“Good thing there wasn't a giant hill at the end!”
“There were a lot of hills,” said Adam.
“Adam kept saying can you smell the ocean? Can you smell the ocean?”
“Smell the ocean, feel the ocean breeze. We're here. It feels really good.”
Kayna and Adam took care of themselves, but the reason they rode was evident throughout the course. People pushed through miles and over the hills with a buddy in tow.
“And I do it for him and this year I was not allowed to walked up the hill, so I said give me a hug at the finish line. I haven't gotten my hug yet. Can I have a hug please,” said rider Marianna Brown.
12-year old Alex and his twin brother Josh were both born with disabilities. Josh’s is more severe, but because of the Best Buddies program he can attend public school.
“It’s because he’s allowed to be part of life,” Josh’s mom, Maryanne Yood said.
While wearing a ventilator, Josh was pulled through the course by his gym teacher.
“It’s something you can't explain through words easily. It's just something that fills your soul,” said P.E. teacher, Michael Carr.
The Best Buddies ride is so special because the buddies get to be involved. They can be in the friendship ride with the likes of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, but this is where Adam showed his stuff.
But others get out on the course. It’s a life changing experience for the whole family.
“Why would typical kids want to hang out with a child with special needs? Then I saw it. They truly did. I loved it,” said mom, Melissa Vonsatti.
1500 riders road, and over $4 million was raised to support the best buddies program. At the start line they said not only is it so important, because it helps people with these intellectual and developmental disabilities find jobs, make friends and live full lives, but liberates families and shows them a path they didn't think was possible before.