Empowering Lives Through Sports

The ABILITY FESTIVAL, held annually in Palm Desert, California is a program of Desert Ability Center and is designed to showcase adaptive sports and recreational activities as well as disability focused services and resources in the Coachella Valley, the region and throughout the country.  This 1-day FREE event is available to participants of any age and with any level of ability. Continue reading

“Wheelie” Awesome Cash

Hello, My name is Channing Cash and here is my story.  I was born in Laos in 1978 where people were self-sufficient and farmed their own land to feed their families and animals. My father was in the military and like most people in my country, my mother and grandparents were part of the farming culture. We took nothing for granted and were happy to live the life that we did. We didn’t have much, but we were content. In the town where we lived, it wasn’t uncommon to find cows, bulls, chickens, pigs, and other animals that were used to help us live. We were so used to having the animals around that we didn’t often blink an eye if one escaped from the fencing. Until one day a runaway bull changed my life forever. Continue reading

I Am Not My Chair

Today, I was asked if I was wheelchair bound.  The question actually threw me off guard for a moment and I found myself struggling to answer the question.  I can’t quite recall my exact answer but I babbled something about being able to use my walker to walk around the house 5 or 10 percent of the time.

As the day progressed, I continued to think about that question and my discomfort with the answer I gave.  Why did I feel like a liar for telling the truth. Continue reading