SPOKANE-- A Spokane man is in need of community help and he has a somewhat odd request. The man is a blind athlete.
Bryant McKinley has a collection of trophies, cycling and racing memories but, one piece of memorabilia eludes him.
In 1997 he and a tandem riding partner were leading the national championship race. "And we had a blowout and ever since then I’d love to get back on the bike and get someone who'd like to go for that national jersey." the coveted stars and stripes jersey.
The national championships started handing them out in the 90's and there's just one road block in Bryant’s way.
Genetic blindness took his sight 25 years ago.
Still he lives independently and runs all over town. "Actually you adapt and you learn and you remember. I remember where all the fire hydrants are in Spokane that I’ve run into and stuff."
Bryant’s athletic and eager. He just needs a fresh pair of eyes and legs to ride with him.
The tandem national championships are in bend Oregon, September of this year.
Bryant hopes someone in the community would like to join him. He's encouraging people to call him at 509-328-9523 if they would like to help.