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Traverse City Skateboarder Competing In California And Inspiring Others

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A skateboarder using his disability and talent to inspire others.

Shane Brigham is 24 years old and has been skateboarding for half his life.

He's now heading off to chase his dream next week in California.

Our Whitney Amann caught up with him before he makes the trip across the country.

Powerful, charismatic, full of energy and positive are just a few words Shane’s friends use to describe him.

While some could let a disability slow them down or even define them, Shane Brigham has spent his life inspiring others.

“He can teach anybody how to do a trick, even if he can’t do it, he can teach somebody because he can skate with his hands too and he knows the board and pretty much every trick,” said his friend James Halek.

Shane was born with hereditary spastic paraplegia but he hasn't let that stop him from following his dream.

“I just like to persevere over things and show that it’s not like anything that's in front of you is not too big of a bound, you know you can always climb over it, figure a way to get around it,” said Shane.

And that’s just one of the tricks Shane is perfecting before competing in California next week.

“There’s a lot of people that just show up that are disabled that can’t do anything so they go there and just watch all of these people persevering,” said Shane.

Soon to be on display in the They Will Skate Again competition, organized by the nonprofit Life Rolls On.

“To be able to go out there on a bigger stage and be able to really show his talent but his drive, his inspiration, his determination,” said his dad Michael Brigham.

And bringing Shane one step closer to achieving his dream.

“Make it a full on career and never want to make a lot you know just enough to get by and be able to do this for the rest of my life that would be the dream,” said Shane.