“I’ll Push You,” a movie depicting the 500-mile journey of two friends, one in a wheelchair, over the El Camino de Santiago trail in Spain, will be shown on Nov. 2.
The one-time showing is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Tyler 14, 7415 S. Broadway, Tyler; the Longview Stadium 14, 3070 N. Eastman Road, Longview; and Lufkin Stadium 12, 109 Miles Way, Lufkin.
Tickets should be purchased in advance at illpushyou.com.
The movie tells the story of Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray, both 39, who have been friends since children. Skeesuck has multifocal acquired motor axonopathy, a neuromuscular disease similar to ALS. He does not have use of his legs or arms.
Skeesuck said he saw a television program about the pilgrimage many take to traverse the difficult trail.
“Something inside of me said this is what I need to do,” Skeesuck said.
Wheelchair dependent, he knew he would never be able to do it alone.
He approached Gray about doing it together.
“I told him, “I’ll push you,” Gray said.
The journey meant that Gray would have to help Skeesuck up steep mountain trails, through muddy fields and across rocky terrain.
“There were definitely some low spots,” Gray said.
Within the first few days, a wheel on Skeesuck’s chair broke and had to be repaired.
Gray said that when they needed help, strangers always stepped forward and offered a hand and encouragement.
Both said the experience affirmed their belief in the goodness of man.
Gray and Skeesuck now spend their time as inspiration speakers encouraging people to help others, be more gracious in accepting help and to push others to be the best they can be.
They have written a book about their experience with the same title of the movie and are adapting their story into a book for children.
Following the screening of the movie, Gray and Skeesuck will appear in a video in which they share their thoughts on what it means to “live unlimited.”