COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A local minister was nearly killed and left blind after a teen threw a rock through his windshield in July 2001.
On Friday, nearly 17 years later, Dr. Johannes Christian finished a walk from Cincinnati to Columbus with a mission to raise awareness and funds for other folks living with disabilities. It took him and several guides four days to hike the 114 miles from Blue Ash outside Cincinnati to Columbus.
“Who would have ever thought a blind man was going to walk 100 and some miles to show people what we can do despite our disabilities,” said Dr. Christian said as he walked through the west side of Columbus.
He said that he carries no animosity for the then 15-year-old boy who threw the rock from a Springfield overpass on Interstate 70. The rock crashed through his windshield and struck him in the head.
“It is why I am here. Had I not gotten hit in the head with a rock, I wouldn’t know what it is like to be disabled,” said Dr. Christian.
He walks to show those with disabilities the sky is the limit.
“To encourage them that is not anything they cannot do,” Dr. Christian said.
Along the way, Christian’s attitude and sense of humor showed as he pantomimed his aches.
“Oh Lord my back hurts, oh my feet hurts, oh God give me new knees,” he said walking along Rich Street.
Dr. Christian is the director of the nonprofit organization called MOBILE.
“We are there for those who have a special medical need. It is our job to try and put you in contact with those resources in our community,” Dr. Christian said.
His goal with this walk is to raise $10,000 for the Mobile Disability Resource Center located at 690 South High. MOBILE received a grant from the Franklin County Deaf Equipment Program and donations from the public.
For more information you can visit their web site at mobileonline.org