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Hope visits OTE rest area and inspires all

Posted on: May 24th, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Roadways and Waysides | No Comments

Image of wheelchair biker with his special sidecarOTE rest area supervisors come into contact with thousands of motorists daily. Most travelers pass through on their way to other places, but in some cases, a few of those blurred faces become repeat customers.

Santiam Rest Area Assistant Supervisor Nancy Tatum, has several regular commuters who connect with her on a semi-regular basis. One such visitor rides a motorcycle with a custom built sidecar. Tatum likes to call this man “Hope,” since his mobility success story inspires Tatum.

On a recent stop at the Santiam, “Hope” agreed to let Nancy photograph him for the OTE employee blog. He was participating in a rally ride to Seattle in support of US veterans. The biker told Tatum his sister was responsible for the custom paint job on the sidecar which accommodates his wheelchair.

Image of motorcycle and sidecar with wheelchair conversion“I feel so grateful that our rest areas are set up to accommodate folks like this amazing biker,” said Tatum. “Everyone benefits with a safety break from the traffic on a long trip and stopping here helps them get back on the road.

“My connection with “Hope” gave me hope for the rest of the day after seeing how he lets nothing stand in the way of his commitment to help others.”

Thanks goes out to both Tatum and “Hope” for the story of two committed people making a difference.


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