JEFFERSON CITY—The tenth annual Access-Life Expo will be held Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Cherokee Dam Park, 2805 N. Hwy. 92, Jefferson City.
Access-Life Expo began in 2010 on a very small scale at Douglas Lake and has since grown to a fabulous event on Cherokee Lake.
For four hours, families and individuals living with disabilities can enjoy boat rides, bank fishing, archery, kayaking, animals, climbing walls, arts and crafts, games, airsoft target shooting, hay rides, lunch, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, and resource exhibits.
In celebration of the event’s tenth-year anniversary, added attractions this year include a zip line, dunk tank, anniversary back packs, buttons, and more.
Access-Life, Inc. exists to develop and execute programs and events for people living with disabilities that share the love and Gospel of Jesus Christ as well as connect them to churches, organizations, resources, and people within their community.
It was founded and is run by Doug and Leanne Goddard, a family living with disability themselves.
Doug, a Dandridge native, attended Jefferson County High School both before and after a diving accident injured his spinal cord.
Says Doug, “Disability is a non-exclusive club to which anyone can join at any time. Take me, for example. I was a healthy athletic 15-year-old before my accident.”
Doug became a quadriplegic in 1983 after unknowingly diving into shallow water due to the changing of the ocean tide. “God has been completely faithful to bring so much to my life and help me overcome the challenges of my disability and that is the hope we pray those who come to our events can see and realize. God is good and will pour out blessings and do amazing things for people regardless of their ability or disability,” he said.
For more information about the event and/or organization, call 352-455-9926 or go to www.access-life.org.