Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray have been blessed with a unique friendship that spans over 42 years. Despite the many challenges of a progressive neuromuscular disease robbing Justin of the use of his arms and legs, the two seek to live life without reservation. Their friendship has taken them on many adventures together; most notably their 500-mile wheelchair journey across the vast terrain of northern Spain.
When Justin got the idea to take on the ancient pilgrimage known as the Camino de Santiago, he knew there was no way he could take the journey alone. So he asked his best friend his thoughts on the epic adventure. Patrick’s response to Justin was simply, “I’ll push you!”
What began as an impossible journey between two best friends, evolved into one of the most powerful representations of what humanity is capable of accomplishing when we come together. Through the help of friends and strangers alike, Justin and Patrick accomplished what many said couldn’t be done.
As best-selling authors and highly sought after keynote speakers, Justin and Patrick use their life/work experiences and their adventures as the backdrop to which they explore concepts such as leadership, teamwork, relationship, and the power of the human collective. They believe the most successful individuals are those who understand their own limitations and invite others to be a part of their journey. Justin and Patrick’s humor and engaging storytelling leave readers and audience members asking, “What can I do to make my home, my work environment, and the world a better place?”
Donald Miller, New York Times Best-Selling Author and CEO of StoryBrand recently said “Justin and Patrick are two of the most inspiring and entertaining speakers I’ve heard. We are more than moved. We were changed after hearing their story!”
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To date, Justin and Patrick have spoken to more than 200,000 individuals in a live setting. In 2017, they released their best-selling book “I’ll Push You”, and their award-winning documentary by the same title in more than 570 theaters nationwide. And in 2018, they released a best-selling children’s book “The Push: A Story of Friendship” making their story accessible to children.
They have been featured on many news media outlets spanning across the globe reaching over 600 million homes. Most notably, they were featured on NBC’s The Today Show, The Today Show with Megyn Kelly, The Meredith Vieira Show, Fox & Friends, and “Harry” with Harry Connick Junior on CBS. Additionally, they have given a TEDx talk and have been featured on The Huffington Post, Upworthy, and Yahoo News.