From the Garden Island 7/14/2013:
HANALEI — Beth Timco has already done many things that some people may not be able to do in their lifetime.
The 46-year-old Las Vegas resident has gone on numerous all-terrain vehicle rides in some of Nevada and Utah’s most challenging terrain, including Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park and the Mojave National Preserve.
She also suffers from Friedreich’s ataxia, a rare genetic disease that most people haven’t even heard.
The disease, which causes progressive nervous system damage, gait difficulties and speech problems, left her wheelchair bound nearly 12 years ago.
But that didn’t stop her from catching her first wave Saturday at Black Pot Beach Park in Hanalei, where she and about 27 people with physical challenges or special needs gathered for a day out on the water with Kauai Ocean Recreation Experience volunteers.