Wheelchair-bound Expat Takes on the World’s Largest Run at Expo City

Persevering through his own challenges, 23-year-old Kareem Kaqbani may be bound to a wheelchair but his spirits remain undeterred.

Although he is paralysed legs-down, the Lebanese expat who participated in the Wings for Life World Run 2023 that was held at Expo City Dubai was among the few wheelchair racers on Sunday afternoon.

The run is the world’s biggest running event. People run together at the same time from all over the globe to support the cause for spinal cord research. The race’s entry fees go towards finding a cure for spine related issues.

Despite living with a disability since birth, Kareem’s endurance has not let his condition bring him down. By maintaining a positive mindset and focusing on what is possible rather than what may seem impossible, this Dubai expat is a great example of how people can overcome adversity and thrive.

“I am participating in this marathon for the first time. I decided to participate because I felt people with different abilities can do whatever they want,” says Kareem, who shifted to Dubai in 2020 and now lives here with his family.

When asked about how he prepared for the marathon, Kareem replies, “I [went to the] gym and physiotherapy sessions so that I could participate in this race. I do squats and pushups. I try to walk with my cane. I try to do boxing as well.”

Kareem, who is a graphic designer, is also an enthusiastic Instagram user who frequently shares posts on the social media platform.

“I wake up and check my social media, Instagram daily. I decided to join this because I wanted to experience something new. I want to show people that even if you don’t have legs or hands, you can still do anything you want.”

Source: Khaleej Times