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With cerebral palsy leaving her confined to either a walker or a wheelchair most of the time, soaking in a gorgeous view from the top of a mountain was all but impossible for DeAsia Romes, a 22-year-old sister of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority at the University of Central Arkansas.
That is, until a group of FIJIs vowed she would reach the peak of Pinnacle Mountain in Little Rock.
Brothers Benjy Richards, Cesar Ramirez, Steven Bowen, Landon Beard, Hayden Murry, and Corey Pillow took turns giving Romes a piggyback ride. Tri Sigma sisters Meghan Tinkham and Deja James also joined the trek.
The idea was spurred by the Tri Sigmas, who were inspired by the story about the Sig Ep brothers at Quinnipiac University who carried a disabled brother up a mountain.
But traversing the rocky and unforgiving Pinnacle trail was no simple task. Romes even told Arkansas Online that at first, she was unsure of the idea. Her trust in the brothers, however, squashed the doubts she had.
Romes said the trail was steep in parts, and the guys had to take big steps on the boulders. There were a “couple of slips, but I wasn’t really worried about falling because I trust the guys,” she said. A fraternity member walked on each side of the person carrying her, too, she said.
The grind and sweat paid off in the end. Eventually, the team reached the top of Pinnacle, creating a memory none of them will soon forget.
Taking Romes made it all worthwhile, he said.
“We’re all drenched in sweat and tired, but just looking at her gave you an excitement. It was like an awe-inspiring moment to see her, how happy she was and how excited she was just to be up there,” he said.
“It was a life lesson, too — to appreciate what you have, to appreciate life in general and to help others in need,” Ramirez said.
“It was pretty cool; I’m not going to lie,” Richards said. “You definitely get those warm fuzzies once you get to the top. I’ve been up the mountain a number of times. I’ve been up with my dogs; I’ve been up with girlfriends in the past. I’ve been up with my guys, but going up and taking someone who normally would never have been able to be up there — it’s work; it’s not necessarily easy — but it was a pretty great experience.”
The brothers say they already have an itinerary drawn up for the next trip with Romes..
[via Arkansas Online]