Canada to Key West is a 2,500-mile walk to raise awareness about the impact of extreme weather events on people with disabilities.
An estimated 1 in 4 people live with a disability.
Extreme heat and cold, flooding, hurricanes, and fires are increasing in frequency. Persons with disabilities are most vulnerable to extreme weather events. We are walking from Canada to Key West to spotlight the need to work together with our families and friends to address these dangers.
Canada to Key West kicked off on June 21, 2019, the day of the summer solstice. Drs. Marcalee and Craig Alexander completed half of the 2,500-mile route making stops at rehabilitation hospitals, and other locations, to engage with academic partners about the need for more effective climate change health mechanisms for people with disabilities during extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, floods, polar vortices and heat waves.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the walk was paused in Rocky Mount, North Carolina but will resume in March 2022!