Lynbrook celebrates neighbor’s success

July 22, 2013 by  

Lynbrook, Malverne and West Hempstead all have a great reason to celebrate, with poster printing clearly the order of the day, after a local resident rolled into town after making history.

Last Monday, July 15, saw the completion of a Titanic effort by Gabriel Cordell. The 42-year-old became the first man to journey coast-to-coast across the U.S. in a manually-operated wheelchair – a feat that took him just shy of 100 days to complete.

Members of the local press were on the scene to record the momentous journey, which started so very far away in Santa Monica, California.

Having completed his trip of 3,100 miles, Cordell said:

“This has been a really tough journey on my family.

“But I can finally say that, mom and dad … your son made history baby!”

Cordell was quick to thank his team though.

Assisted by several people all throughout the route, he was quick to point out the huge role that Lisa France had played in his dream. Cordell said:

“I didn’t have one penny, just my will and my wheelchair.

“She believed in me and dropped everything in her life to make his happen. I am indebted into her greatly and she is forever my second sister.”

France is the director and producer of a documentary filmed on the trek. Called ‘Roll With Me’, no release date has been slated as yet.

A great personal ambition for Cordell, he said the main drive to do the trip was to inspire others to realize their own dreams.