Great American Heroes

Episode GCUSA-107L

Hyannis, Massachusetts

When his concert tour takes him to Hyannis, Massachusetts, Trace gets together with three impressive community heroes. Craig Bautz became a paraplegic at the age of 19 due to a car accident and since then, has found release for his athletic passions in adaptive sports. Now Craig runs CAPEable Adventures, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of physically and mentally challenged adults and children, by providing instruction and access to adaptive sports and outdoor recreation. Trace sees first hand the joy that being able to participate in athletic activities can bring to someone dealing with physical challenges. With John Pappalardo, Trace meets some of the fishermen of the community and comes to understand how John's Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fisherman's Association works to keep the ecosystem healthy, boats on the water, and the tradition of fishing alive and well in the area. Carlene Barrett invites Trace to help hand out toys to kids of military families at one of her toy donation events. Carlene lost her son when he was serving with the Army National Guard in Afghanistan and was inspired by his love for children and his natural generosity to start Operation Military Smiles, a toy and donation drive, as a project of the Military Friends Foundation.

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