Blind Marine to ride wheelchair in Phoenix Marathon with help of volunteers

A legally blind Marine uses a wheelchair, but he doesn't let his physical limitations keep him from doing what he loves: marathons.

27-year-old Marine Staff Sergeant James Carey plans to compete in the Phoenix Marathon on Saturday, February 28.

However, to make it happen, Carey still needs teammates to push his wheelchair the 26 miles.

Carey lost his ability to walk during a water training drill at Camp Pendleton five years ago.

He was submerged in water more than four minutes; the same day, another Marine drowned in the same training exercise.

Carey hopes to walk again some day.

He began getting involved with marathons as a way to accomplish tasks and feel as though he is improving each day.

When Carey was in rehab in California, Marines helped him complete three different marathons by jogging behind him and pushing him.

For the Phoenix Marathon, the Phoenix Police Union (PLEA) and the Arizona Police Association will have volunteers take turns pushing Carey.  

If you're interested in volunteering, you can e-mail Capt. Nate Wood at
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