Hardin Co. teen with Down Syndrome aspires to achieve huge 'Dream'
Joshua Kimble and his father will embark on the "Dream Walk," which will take them on a 320-mile trek from Abraham Lincoln's birthplace in Hodgenville to his final resting place in Springfield, Ill.
Monday, June 29th 2015, 3:51 pm EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The feet of 17-year-old Joshua Kimble have seen a lot more pavement pass beneath them than most teenagers.
On Wednesday, he and his father will take their love for walking to the extreme as they begin their "Dream Walk," a 320-mile trek from Abraham Lincoln's birthplace in Hodgenville, to his resting place in Springfield, Ill.
Joshua is a Lincoln fanatic. "He's really good, I like him. (He was the) 16th president. He was married to Mary Todd. Mary Todd, right," said Joshua.
But this mission is about much more than Honest Abe and some exercise.
Joshua and his father say this walk has two main purposes. One is to show people with disabilities can do anything they set their mind to. The other, much bigger goal is to raise money for a facility that would be unlike any other in this region to address the needs of those with disabilities.
Joshua's father, T.J., is a doctor. He currently operates a counseling center for the disabled and their families, in a small office along Dixie Highway in Radcliff.
It's hoped the "Dream Walk" will help bring them closer to building a 3,000-square-foot Joshua Java House and Community Dream Life Center.
Joshua's father says it would address a wide range of disabilities and behavioral issues with one big difference: treatment here would involve no medication.
"We would offer play therapy, we would offer clinical counseling for the children, as well as their parents, and then we also want to have a multi-sensory room where we can engage children with autism or any developmental disability or learning disability from A to Z," T.J. said.
It's the second time for Joshua and his dad are putting their feet to the pavement for this cause. The first came two years ago on a 98-mile stretch from their home to the Kentucky Capitol building.
The two have been training for this one by walking five miles every evening.
T.J. says he knows that the treatment center, like the walk, are big goals. But he has plans to accomplish both, step by step and side-by-side with the young man he calls his inspiration and ball of energy.
"I would rather dream big and attempt to make this a reality for our families and their growing children, than not do anything at all and spend the rest of my life wondering 'What could have been,'" T.J. said.
Joshua and his dad are hoping to reach Springfield, Illinois in 32 days. That goal puts them there by Aug. 2.
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