GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A Grants Pass mom who has already led the charge of building a wheelchair accessible playground for her son is now doing even more to complete the so-called “Blueslide Project.” Now, she plans to walk from Grants Pass to Medford.
“I could have never done this a year ago,” Issac Pinon says.
While he climbs, his mom is walking. Issac is bound to a wheelchair, but because of his mom and community support, the wheelchair bound 5-year old has an accessible playground at his school.
“He didn’t have a need for anything, because he told me ‘Mom I have my playground,’” Mona explains.
But there is still a need to finish the Blueslide Project by eliminating the gravel. When Isaac navigates the playground, he has to deal with thousands of small rocks, “They really bug me; they hurt my hands.”
His mom is feeling the pain, but on her feet, “I’ll tell you right now, I have blisters on the bottom of my feet and it’s nothing compared to what I’ve had to see my son go through.”
The blisters have formed from walking 3, 5, 15 miles, all in preparation for a 33 mile walk from one wheelchair accessible playground to another. In other words, from Medford to Grants Pass. It’s Mona’s effort to raise $60-thousand to get rid of the rocks on the playground.
An effort to change Isaac’s reality is changing hers. Inspired by her brother’s recent health-related death, she took the first step, “I stepped on the scale for the first time in I don’t know how many years, and I realized that I was 309 pounds.”
“It was a really big wake up call for me because I didn’t want my kids to see me how I had to see my brother.”
That step on the scale was followed by thousands more.
“Walking has turned into my passion,” Mona says.
That passion at first, meant weight loss. But now, down about 60 pounds, it’s connecting with her other passion- The Blueslide Project.
“When I get tired and I don’t want to go anymore, I think about who this playground in benefiting and I just keep going.”
Mona keeps going to complete not only her journey, but to add the missing link to her sons.
Lithia’s Grants Pass Auto Center is calling this month “Blueslide Month.” For each car sold, it’s donating $100 to the Blueslide Project. To donate or get involved contact Mona Pinon at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Blue Slide Project’s Facebook Page.