Ali Qazi, a senior at Cathedral City High School and Shriner "kid" isn't letting any dust settle under his wheelchair. Recently he accompanied Shriner Don Cook to the Tour de Palm Springs to support Incight, a Palm Desert nonprofit dedicated to engaging youth with disabilities in recreational sports. Ali was going to ride in the Incight pedicab but once there, he chose to ride a handcycle alongside 30 amputees who were in attendance. Since then Ali has become a part of the advisory committee developing events for riders with disabilities in the Coachella Valley.
Ali, who was injured in a car accident as a child, is applying for college in anticipation of going to medical school and has applied for a scholarship through Incight. Between his studies and volunteer commitments, Ali can be seen wheeling around town. He has not intentions of letting his disability prevent him from getting the most out of life.
Ali is very appreciative of all the help and support he has received from the Shriners as well as Incight.
Judy A. May
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