Schaumburg's Town Square became the meeting point Thursday between a father and son running from Seattle to New York City and a Midlothian boy and his parents who are among those benefiting from the awareness-raising effort.
Shaun Evans of upstate New York has been pushing a running stroller holding his 9-year-old son, Shamus, who has cerebral palsy, since their departure about 35 days ago.
Twelve-year-old Alex Gorz of Midlothian, who has both cerebral palsy and autism, received such a running stroller -- or as Shaun Evans calls it, a "freedom chariot" -- from the state-hopping father and son.
Alex was at the gazebo in Schaumburg's Town Square with his parents, Tom and Angie, to meet the Evanses, who were approaching the halfway point of their cross-country, 70-day run in Chicago.
The Evanses are raising awareness of the nonprofit Ainsley's Angels, from which they received their "freedom chariot" in 2013.
Shaun Evans refers to their summerlong endeavor as the "Power to Push" run.