Keynote Speaker Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray

Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray

Inspirational Adventurers, Lifelong Friends and Achievers of the Impossible

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Over the past 20+ years, a progressive neuromuscular disease has slowly taken away Justin’s ability to use his arms and legs. From each morning until night, Justin requires daily assistance in every aspect of life such as eating, getting dressed, bathing and even using the restroom.

Though immensely challenging, Justin continues to live life to the fullest and maintains a positive attitude through it all!

Justin and Patrick Help Organizations and Individuals Worldwide Achieve More, Together!

Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Ray, use the power of storytelling about their life experiences and their credible 500-mile wheelchair journey through Spain, to demonstrate how to overcome the greatest of odds. Through Justin and Patrick’s powerful message, businesses and individuals alike discover how to be happier, more engaged, and more productive through the power of teamwork.

In the spring of 2012, Justin learned about the Camino de Santiago while watching Rick Steves on Public Access TV. Soon after, Justin asked his lifelong friend, Patrick, what he thought about tackling the ancient pilgrimage. Patrick’s response was simple and direct. He said, “I’ll push you.”

Two years later, they started their journey and had absolutely no idea how they would make the 500 miles from the soutwest of France to the Cathedral in Santiago; over several mountain ranges like the Pyrenees, through rivers, and across the vast “desert of Spain” called the Meseta… they just knew they had to get there.

Justin and Patrick had to rely on the help and strength of friends, acquaintances and even complete strangers in order to navigate the many challenges they faced on their 35-day journey.

Since returning from Spain, they have used their heartfelt storytelling to share the comical details of their journey… the joys, the struggles, the beautiful relationships, and the lessons they learned in faith, hope, love and friendship.

Their goal with this film is for others to walk away recognizing each life is not defined by its limitations, but is defined by what is accomplished in spite of those limitations.

In addition to their efforts with the film I’ll Push You, Justin and Patrick founded Push Inc. where they help organizations and individuals realize they can achieve more, together.

Testimonials 3

  • “If you’re looking for an inspirational message about friendship, commitment, overcoming challenges, or the power of community, then I urge you to hire Justin and Patrick for your next speaking event. They will deliver, your attendees will be inspired, and you will look like a genius for deciding to share with your company, members, or conference attendees a life changing adventure.”

    Ben Quintana

    Manager for Leadership Development St. Luke’s Health System

  • “A presentation offered by Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck entitled “I’ll Push You,” was among the liveliest, most searing and memorable events that we in the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture offered this past year. Their talk was stimulating spiritually and intellectually, and I endorse it enthusiastically for anyone contemplating booking Justin & Patrick for their next event!”

    Dr. Karen Eifler

    Professor of Education and Co-Director, Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture, University of Portland

  • “One of the unique aspects of this speaking team is that the audience is given the perspective of a friend and co-journeyer. As powerful a story as Justin’s life is, it is equally moving to hear Patrick’s side of the story and to hear how emotionally straining it is to watch a best friend suffer. In a world that is often consumed with the superficial, our campus found ourselves struggling with the deeper truths of life: love, sacrifice, courage and community.”

    Dustin & Olivia Metcalf

    Chaplains Northwest Nazarene University

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