The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

July 3, 2013

Cross-country wheelchair journey nears end



A more dramatic bout of weather for the crew occurred when they were traveling through Oklahoma in late May, only seven miles from the tornadoes that ripped through the central part of the state. “It went all around us except through us,” recounted Cordell.

Cordell said he is undertaking this journey “to inspire a nation, one I feel is sometimes very complacent…I want to give them hope they can accomplish what they put their mind to.”

“Roll with Me” is being directed by Lisa France, who is one of the volunteer crew traveling with Cordell. “I had to do it,” said France, once she heard of Cordell’s story. She loves stories about historic firsts and as the first person to travel by wheelchair from coast to coast Cordell falls into that category.

So far, they’ve been lucky to get coverage in every state they’ve traveled through, said France, though they are still waiting for national coverage.

Sponsors for the movie include southern California’s Kinecta Federal Credit Union, the YMCA, Home Depot and West Coast Chill energy drink.

For more information or to make a contribution to the film, people can visit

Cordell, whose birth name is Suheil Aghabi, was born in North Africa to Palestinian parents and is already planning a “Roll for Peace” across Israel after “Roll With Me” is completed.

“This journey ends, God willing, in six days,” said Cordell. “But a new one begins.”


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