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The kindness of strangers

Making your way across Canada can be a daunting task at the best of times, but try doing it with no arms and no legs.

Earlier this week, Chris Koch began his journey from Calgary to the East Coast of Canada – relying completely on the kindness of fellow Canadians. So far, he has not been disappointed.

Born with no arms or legs, the Alberta farm boy was never treated like he was disabled.

“It was clearly established early on in my life that I would not be raised with pity or sympathy. Within hours of when I was born, my grandma was informed that my parents gave birth to a healthy baby boy, however, I was missing both arms and both legs. Without any hesitation whatsoever, she simply pointed out the fact that 'Bruce (my father) never did finish anything he started,'” he said on his webpage.

“I attribute that dry and quirky sense of humour as the reason why I can honestly say that growing up without arms and legs was quite easy.”

Koch has become an international traveller and motivational speaker, appearing as such events at TedX.

Using a skateboard to move around, he's already made it well into Manitoba and hopes to be in Ontario soon.

Koch is posting his journey on Facebook and it's starting to gain attention.

“I was grabbing a Booster Juice before heading out to the highway and was chatting with a guy named Matt while he was waiting for his smoothie. I was telling him about my trip, and he offered to take me as far as Indian Head, Sask.,” he posted Wednesday morning.

“I waited outside Indian Head for about 30 minutes before I decided to start boarding east. I got about 4 km down the road when a guy who goes by Caribou Legs jogged over to me. We sat on the side of the road for about 10 minutes, and he told be about how he’s running across Canada, doing about 70 km a day.”

Two minutes later, a woman stopped and offered Koch a ride to Virden, Man.



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