SEVEN HILLS, OH (WOIO) - A local teen is taking part in the "Disney Princess Glass Slipper Challenge," as part of "Dreams Come True" weekend.
Courteney Boyle is the first person ever approved to take part in the half-marathon race while being pushed in her wheelchair. Her parents, Dan and Christina Boyle say they lovingly push their daughter even though she's a princess.
About 3 years ago, Dan and Courtney started running all over Northeast Ohio, with Dan pushing Courtney's wheelchair. Courtney is diagnosed with intestinal failure but that didn't stop them, they started getting some attention.
"We've actually run down streets of Cleveland and people have been on their porches and just cheering us on in different events and she gets a lot of love from people when we're running for sure," said Dan.
The duo started running marathons much to Courtney's delight.
"We'd entered a lot of 5Ks and I just found that she really enjoyed being pushed. She would wave her hand and her pompom and I think she liked that wind in her face," said Dan.
So when Dan heard about "The Disney Princess Half Marathon," he knew it was the perfect race for them to run. Except Disney didn't allow wheelchairs or mobility aids for safety reasons. Dan was baffled.
"We run all over Northeast Ohio and we've had no problems," he said.
So he started making calls and asking questions. After almost 4 months of persistence, he got a call from Disney and they invited him and Courteney to run the race. It's the first time someone will compete in a wheelchair.
"Like we're able to help change one thing Disney does and because of it others are able to participate now, too. I called Courteney a trailblazer and she's making a change," he said.
The daddy/daughter duo is running the race for many reasons---to celebrate Courteney's life but also to help raise money for Rina, a special needs woman their family sponsors in El Salvador.
You can read more about Rina and Courteney's run here.
Next month Courteney will show the world that she won't let being in a wheelchair keep her back. After she and Dan complete the race, she'll be gifted with a glass slipper, just like a true princess!
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