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Calgary Man Travels By Wheelchair From Canada to Mexico With His Dog & Cat To Raise Awareness

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Warren Schlosser (Wheelchair Warren) has started the long trek from Calgary, Canada to Mazatlan, Mexico using only his wheelchair. 

His journey offically started on July 1st and will span over 5200 kilometers using only the power of his arms while towing his two pet trailers behind. His service dog “Luna” and rescue cat “Taquito” will help keep him company on the extremely long journey to his final destination in Mazatlan. 

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Luna & Taquito (Credit: Wheelchair Warren Facebook)

“Warrens International Trek for Awareness' is a project three years in the making after extensive training and research. “Wheelchair Warren” says “it's an effort to demonstrate that disabled people can still do amazing things, reach beyond their limitations, and function in society in productive and meaningful ways.” He will be raising money for six charities, two for each of three countries he visits — Canada, Unites States and Mexico through a GoFundMe Page. 

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Warren Schlosser and his service dog Luna (Credit: Facebook - Wheelchair Warren)

The 60-year-old Canadian resident was a passenger in a horrific accident with a semi-truck in Utah confining him to his wheelchair since 2006. The accident severely shattered his hip and “shut him down” for any of the physical activity he was able to do before. Schlosser who was always on the go prior to the accident said it hit him pretty hard. 

“It takes a while for some realization I guess, but yeah, it can hit you pretty hard when you’re active and on the go, and all of a sudden one day, it shuts down,”

Wheelchair Warren hopes to be in Mazatlan, Mexico sometime before December 17th and is already en route. He has reached his first destination of Medicine Hat where he is taking a few days off to celebrate his Mother's 80th birthday.  

Jed Vaughn, a friend of Schlosser, is travelling with him on the trip in a motor home. The pair will be sleeping in the R.V at the end of each day and Vaughn will be documenting the journey along the way. 

The pair met in Mexico 5 years ago where Schlosser lives in the winter. 

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The Motorhome Schlosser will be sleeping in at the end of each day. (Credit: Jed Vaughn - Freelancer)
Ready for the long journey (Credit Jed Vaughn - Freelancer)

Wheelchair Warren has averaged 35-40 kilometers per day for the first 10 days of his trek and has been completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of support he has already received. Vaughn says “he's the toughest person he's ever met” as he watched him travel down the highway. 

“To wheel down the highway, up and down the hills, pulling two trailers, it’s kind of mind blowing still”

Schlosser traveling in the rain (Credit: Jed Vaughn - Freelancer))
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Schlosser en route from Calgary to Medicine Hat (Credit Jed Vaughn - Freelancer)

Travel Off Path will be in Mazatlan to meet “Wheelchair Warren” as he crosses the finish line at the newly built malecon boardwalk this December. 

Schlosser has set up a GoFundme page where you can donate to help cover the cost of the trip and everything left over will be donated to the following charities: 

  • Canada: Stars Air Ambulance and CMNGD (Supports Homeless Rehabilitation)
  • USA: American Cancer Society and American Wheelchair Foundation
  • Mexico: La Immaculada Elderly Care & Mazatlán Animal Rescue.

You can follow the journey on his Facebook Page: Wheelchair Warren

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Thursday 5th of December 2019

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