Saw This Guy On Rt 40, He Is Traveling From NY To DC On His Scooter To Raise Awareness

News — September 15, 2015 at 4:15 pm by

As I was traveling down rt. 40 near Harford County today, I noticed a scooter cruising down the shoulder, with a dog trotting along beside. This seemed like the norm for rt. 40, but I noticed a sign on the back of the scooter, so I pulled off to investigate. The man’s name was Doug, and he had driven his scooter all the way from NYC. I was impressed with this feat, so I wanted to share his story.


On September 6th, Doug Craig and Bernese mountain dog, Gracie, started their journey from New York City to Washington DC. On a mobility scooter. Why are they doing this? To raise awareness and research funds for FSHD muscular dystrophy. I don’t know much about this, but Doug and Gracie made me aware.

Here is his donation page

Doug Craig  I am Doug Craig, a 61 year-old retired biotech and pharmaceutical research scientist, and I was diagnosed with FSHD at age fourteen. Gracie is my three-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog mix, my friend and constant companion. I decided to undertake a long distance journey on a mobility scooter. Making the transition to using a mobility scooter can be difficult. I resisted it…didn’t want to be the guy on a scooter. But the truth is that a mobility scooter has given me a new freedom to travel that is much better than walking precariously with a cane, always wondering when my next fall would occur.

While in college, I often discussed the idea of a cross country cycling trip with my good friend Rob Dye. Rob will join me on this trip as my support van driver and will also cycle along with Gracie and me for some stretches of the route, so in a sense we’ll both be taking that cross country trip that we talked about as younger men. And I could not conceive of such a trip without Gracie’s company. She will trot alongside me for 8 to 10 miles each day. We’ve already done a multi-day test ride, so we know we can do this.



One Comment

  1. Thank you, Ck, for noticing our sign and taking the time to follow up. It was great meeting you on the road like that, and I really appreciate you sharing our story and helping to raise awareness of FSHD. Keep up the good work. – Doug, Gracie, and Rob

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