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3300-mile wheelchair ride to New York state high school reunion

Santa Monica resident Gabriel Cordell is rolling across the country in his wheelchair to make it to his 25th high school reunion in West Hempstead, New York next month.
April 2, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Santa Monica resident Gabriel Cordell is rolling across the country in his wheelchair to make it to his 25th high school reunion in West Hempstead, New York next month.

The 42-year old paraplegic departed from the Burbank YMCA Tuesday morning.

Cordell was left disabled after a car accident 20 years ago. He says his journey is a dream come true.

"I want to inspire and affect people. I want to be able to show everyone that no matter what their circumstances are, if they put their mind to something, they can accomplish it, no matter what anyone says to them," said Cordell.

Cordell says he plans to travel about 50 miles a day on his wheelchair. His entire trip is 3,300 miles.

He will be accompanied by a camera crew that's making a documentary film about his journey.

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