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Man with ALS taking his wheelchair on 170-mile trip to raise awareness

Brian Epp and his wife, Jennie Brian Epp and his wife, Jennie
BATTLE GROUND, WA (KPTV) -

Thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS, there's never been more awareness or fundraising for the disease otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. A Battle Ground man doesn't want to stop there, though. He's taking a road trip in his wheelchair.

This week, Brian Epp is taking his electric wheelchair on the 170-mile journey to Bend, OR to bring more attention to the cruel disease.

"I just want to show that no matter your disability, you do just about anything," Epp said. "It won't be easy, but it can be done."

Epp set out from his home in Battle Ground early Tuesday morning. His wife, Jennie Epp, said that's when it sunk in that her husband was really going forward with the trip.

"I woke up early in the morning, at 2 o'clock, and I'm thinking, he's going to be doing the trip," Jennie Epp said. "Who would want to do this, but my husband?" she added, laughing.

It's a slow journey, with an average speed of 5 mph. Brian Epp won't be alone on his trip. His dad, Landis, is driving a motorhome carrying extra batteries, and his sons are riding their bikes alongside him.

Brian Epp hopes to arrive in Bend by Thursday evening so that he and his family can take part in the Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday.

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