Beautifully Human / Kevan Chandler

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As we continue our series today called Beautifully Human...

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We focus on the beauty of humans and the power in their stories…

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Through telling their stories we hope to connect this world. To spread some love and humanity...

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To show a common thread of beautiful humans…

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This week we go to Fort Wayne, Indiana with Kevan Chandler to hear his incredible story...

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I met Kevan ages ago while touring through Greensboro, North Carolina. His joy always has shined through anytime I have seen or interacted with Kevan. Such an incredible human. His journey in life is on to learn from.

x Please take a moment and check out the amazing work he and his non profit, We Carry Kevan does at http://wecarrykevan.com/ , please help spread the word and help these incredible stories happening!

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Let’s all be beautifully human… 

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Kevan Chandler / We Carry Kevan / Fort Wayne, Indiana


Tell me a story that shaped your life…


- When my sister Connie was a toddler, she was diagnosed with a disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The doctors told my parents she’d spend her life in a wheelchair and there would be various medical complications her whole life, which has proven true. But the doctors also told them that it’d be best if they didn’t have anymore kids, because it would most likely be the same story again. My parents’ response, in the office that day, to the doctors was, “If you’re saying the worse that can happen is we have another child like Connie, that’s okay with us.” This story shaped my life because I came on the scene about a year later, born to those same amazing parents in May of 1986, with the same disease and loved just same. 


Tell me a story that almost ruined your life…


- Eight years ago, I lost a friend to suicide. We were not made to experience such loss, so our souls AND bodies don’t know what to do with it, which is why I wandered hollow for nearly a year. I came to the terrible conclusion in that time that this was the new normal—life would forever be numb, confusing, and empty from then on out. In time, I found healing, hope and joy again in Jesus, but it was a pretty dark and scary season there for a minute. 


Tell me a story that enriched your life…


- I have a dozen or so guys coming and going throughout my day to provide caregiving. While I’m eternally grateful for how they make my life possible, it does require a lot of attention and coordinating on my part. It’s just the nature of it, and I don’t mind or always notice these days how much effort I put into the planning. But a few weeks ago, a friend came over to stay the night (to help), and when I asked about his schedule (what time he wanted to go to bed, what time he needed to leave the next day), he said, “Man, you usually have to work around everyone else’s schedules, so how about instead, this time you make the call? We’ll go to bed when you’re ready, and get up in the morning when you’re awake.” What a strange and wonderful gift! I wouldn’t ask it of others on a regular basis, but the fact that he saw it and offered was so kind and refreshing. 


Tell me a story that enriched another life...


- Some friends and I hold a dinner every few months, in which our friend Obi cooks up a storm. He is an amazing cook and we love celebrating him by providing such opportunities. Everyone pitches in for ingredients and helps out with cooking as he asks, and everyone’s lives are enriched by the food, the process, conversations, and community spirit. We all come away filled to brimming. I’m really thankful for these times for that very reason.


Tell me a story of crazy life...


- Well... one time, my friend Ben was carrying me in a backpack around a city in China late at night, and we somehow got caught up in a dance-off in the park with an old man in tight pants. There was a DJ and everything. Drew quite a bit of attention, maybe 150 or 200 people, I’d say. Lots of phones were out, filming us, so I’m sure it’s on the Chinese Internet somewhere.


What did / do you miss most during covid 19...


- The lack of conversations about covid haha. It seems to permeate every subject nowadays, which is unfortunate. 


What brings you the most joy / smile the most...


- Sunny autumn days with a cardigan. A really good book. Seeing the people I love getting along together. 


If you were given a plane ticket to anywhere, where would you go...


- Ireland, along the southern coast. 


What brought you to where you are at in life today...


- Far too many things to list!


What is your most prized possession...


- My best friend Zach hand-bound a copy of Chesterton’s “The Ball and the Cross” as a gift to me a while back. He did edits, typeset, added illustrations, and there are even a few pages accidentally out of order. Truly one of a kind.


What is your greatest accomplishment...


- I’m not sure yet.


What is your biggest fear...


- Dying alone.


What is your biggest regret...


- I once was on a train to Wales when I met a lady who was a cobbler (shoe maker). She was on her way to meet the Prince of Wales and invited my friends and I to come. We had other plans in place, so we declined. What on earth?


What do you do for work… and why...


- A few years ago, some friends and I went to Europe and these friends carried me around in a backpack for three weeks without my wheelchair.


That led to a nonprofit called We Carry Kevan, which focuses on “redefining accessibility as a cooperative effort,” meaning people helping people.


Organization has a specially designed backpack for people with disabilities to be carried by their friends and family, which we sell and give away for free. Within the past year, we’ve distributed over 250 backpacks to 15 countries, and now we are making plans to visit the families over the next few years, to spend time with them in person and hopefully be an encouragement to them and their community.

On top of this, I travel to speak and share our story, as well as write books about friendship, faith, and courage. I love doing this work because it provides hope to others and inspiration to live life to the fullest.


What was your first tattoo...


- In the words of Switchfoot, “the only tattoos that I have are scars.” My first one came from a back surgery I had when I was 10 years old, resulting in two metal rods along my spine and a long scar straight down the middle.


If you had the ear of everyone in the world, what would you say to them...


- Jesus loves you. I promise. And if you let it, that fact can change your life in the craziest, most amazing ways. 


There you have it! Cheers, my friend!


We Carry Kevan at work!


We Carry Kevan at the Great Wall Of China!



Connect with Kevan...

Instagram... wecarrykevan

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