EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - There is a new sight to see rolling around the city, but it’s not what you might think.
This is DeAndre Wilson, 28 of Evansville, and this is a story about perseverance, toughness, and rolling in the right direction for yourself, and for everyone fighting the good fight.
Whether it’s a busy intersection, or a walking trail, you might just find Wilson rolling his 250 pound tire with the words ‘cancer sucks’ spray painted on it.
“The most I’ve done is seven miles in two hours,” Wilson said. “It’s a lot harder than people think. You’ve gotta keep it up right, keep up with it.”
It’s more than just Wilson’s workout.
“I roll this as a symbol of hope, because I just want to inspire people," Wilson said.
He does it in memory of his dad, who lost his battle to stage four liver and colon cancer, and any one else going through their own bout.
“He had passed away four years ago, and it took me a while to kind of get back to the gym and get healthy," Wilson said. "One day I was feeling real inspired, and I got out the garage, and I said, I’m going to do this.”
“People off their porch wanna help so that’s really cool," Wilson explains. “This creates community conversation as well. That’s really cool. I had an eight year old boy help me once, that was really cool. I’ve lost 15 pounds. My arms don’t jiggle, my legs don’t jiggle. Everything is tight. I still feel the burn, everywhere. This is my full body workout. This is my gym.”
Wilson is involved with Gilda’s Club Evansville, a local cancer outreach organization. Its annual “Tri-State Cancer Survivor Day” celebration is kicking off Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Eykamp Scout Center off the Lloyd Expressway.
Wilson says he’ll be there with his tire, planning for a three mile trek back home from the event.