Thanks to a program called "Access Steam," people with disabilities are able to participate in the race.
Every Wednesday, participants and volunteers meet at the Peoria Riverplex for practice.
They use specialized wheel-chairs through the Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association, or HISRA.
Access Steam is inviting the entire community to get involved and donate whatever they can.
It can be as big as a new bike, but they say even the smallest gesture can change a life.
"Pitch in, purchase their own chair. Donate it to HISRA. Deck it out NASCAR style,” Access Steam organizer Adam White said. “That goes with the components to accessorize units all the way to the very unit itself."
"When you have a disabled child, it's just really great to have your child be able to participate in something everyone else does,” mother of Access Steam participant Maureen Kiesewetter said.
Coordinators say an extra "exercise chair" in addition to an everyday chair is very costly for families.
If you are interested in donating to HISRA, you can just click on this link: http://www.hisra.org/
Or if you are looking for more information on the Access Steam program or the “Steamboat Classic,” you can click on this link: http://www.steamboatclassic.org/training-programs/access-steam/
The “Steamboat Classic” is Saturday, June 14 at the Gateway Building.
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