Known by many as the “Disabled Hiker,” U.S. Pain Foundation Pain Ambassador Terry Craig has completed a full-length documentary film titled A Mile in Our Shoes, which tells the story of three hikers with chronic health issues making their way through the Delaware state forest.
“I’ve spent nearly two decades teaching myself and others how to enjoy the outdoors through innovation, adaptation, and sense of community,” Craig explains. “This documentary highlights how nature can offer backpackers with varying diseases a type of healing you can only experience in the great outdoors.”
Craig is inviting U.S. Pain volunteers, caregivers, and members to attend the movie premiere on April 28 at the Cecil & Eleanor Lipkin Theater at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA. Beginning at 12 PM, attendees will have the opportunity to network with college clubs, local vendors, and chronic pain groups while enjoying light refreshments. The movie will begin shortly after 1 PM, followed by a panel discussion with the featured hikers; a question and answer with the audience will conclude the program at 4 PM. Admission is free, and the theatre is located inside Kopecek Hall.
In addition to highlighting the healing power of nature, the film also is about resilience and adaptation, and finding a way to pursue your passion despite physical limitations.
“Terry has been an instrumental advocate for those living with a disease or condition which may hinder their daily lives,” says Shaina Smith, director of State Advocacy and Alliance Development, who is helping coordinate the movie premiere. “Through his blog and filming of his hiking adventures, including this documentary, Terry is showing us all that we can enjoy nature through innovation and adaptation, not letting our invisible illness take away such an incredible gift: nature.”