Bob has hiked more than 100 parks in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2007, Bob was inducted into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame and in 2010, he was given the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Community Leadership Award. As a board member of the advisory committe of the East Bay Regional Park District, Bob aims to motivate, educate and inspire the public to discover California’s great outdoors.
Experiencing nature and the outdoors can be quite therapeutic for the disabled, who often suffer from depression. Bob suffers from debilitating osteoporosis and after a severe period of depression, it was Bob’s determination and his motto of "no excuses" that led to an obsession with wheelchair hiking as a way to gain his health back.
Bob hopes his example will inspire wheelchair-bound children, war veterans and shut-ins with disabilities to push themselves into the vast, beautiful world that awaits them. "I always hope that people will see me and decide that they are doing too little with their lives. It would be great if more people would test their limits ... and it would be nice to share this with people. It's an awful lot of fun."
As the filming progressed, we realized this was part of a much larger story. Our parks are our national treasures and must be utilized to be appreciated. This story of overcoming obstacles and adversity will inspire people to look at their own self-imposed limitations and perhaps reach beyond what they think is possible.
To read more about "4 Wheel Bob" take a look at this recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/outdoors/article/Wheelchair-hiker-plans-new-attempt-at-Sierra-5097220.php
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The East Bay Community Foundation has awarded the documentary a $6,000 matching grant. Every dollar you donate will be MATCHED dollar for dollar up to $6,000.
This support will help us hire a camera crew to complete the filming of Bob’s seven-day Sierra crossing this summer. In the summer of 2013, Bob made his first attempt to cross the Sierra. However, a faulty insulin pump resulted in a dangerous blood sugar level, which required him to turn back. Bob is confident that this time, he’ll conquer the mountain.
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