Wisconsin Life # 806: Challenge Accepted

November 11, 2021


Host Angela Fitzgerald explores the trails with Access Ability Wisconsin, a non-profit assisting people with mobility challenges get outdoors and enjoy nature. The organization provides free all-terrain, outdoor wheelchairs throughout the state to groups and individuals, so anyone can enjoy the recreation of their choice. The non-profit is also working to reach its goal to have an all-terrain wheelchair available in every county of the state. Angela meets up with President Monica Spaeni for a hike at Yellowstone Lake State Park.

While Angela hikes the trails, we get to explore more stories from across Wisconsin. Starting with a former racer and current collector. Craig Marchbank used to race snowmobiles sponsored by the Ski-Doo company. While he and his teammates were chalking up victories on the track, Marchbank was collecting snowmobiles and other related paraphernalia.

Next, we meet Al Emmons, self-described Walt Disney of Greendale. He is a chimney repairman by trade and an artist by accident. Sitting atop chimney after chimney overlooking Greendale, Al had an idea to start decorating the chimneys with artwork.

Then, Agie Mai Sowe goes across the mat to show everyone that she has what it takes to be a wrestler. She was diagnosed with a rare eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa that has brought challenges to her life. However, she doesn’t let that stop her from being the best she can be.

Finally, Linda Bobot is a certified personal dog trainer. For more than 20-years Linda’s calm approach has worked wonders. Her program is called H.A.V.E.N. – Hounds and Vets Empowered Now. HAVEN serves veterans deployed to combat zones and those with service-connected disabilities.


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