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3/1/07 - El Paso, Texas

Legless Man To Bike 950 Miles Across Texas

A man plans to bike from El Paso to Beaumont without the use of his legs.

Mikail Davenport, 58, has post-polio syndrome and he's a cancer survivor. Davenport kicked off a 950-mile, 25-day cycling tour Tuesday to prove that having a disability is not a death sentence. He's calling it the Legless Lizard Tour de Tejas.

City leaders, wheelchair athletes and fans joined Davenport at a local bicycle shop to send him off.

Davenport wants to send a message to state legislators dealing with issues of people who have disabilities.

He especially wants Texas to waive its immunity from the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"All in all, the disabled are no different from able-bodied people," Davenport said. "And that's the key."

Story courtesy of wjz.com and Topix.net.

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