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Wheelchair won't keep Georgia man from world travels

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For Cory Lee, it started with a short cruise to the Bahamas in high school

That trip, he said, "sparked something inside of me that made me want to keep going further."

Spinal muscular atrophy type-2 prevented him from ever taking more than a few steps but it couldn't stop him from traveling the world. From Australia to Israel and Finland to Iceland.

Reporter: How many countries?

Cory Lee: Eighteen so far.

Even with his mom, Sandy, at his side, there's no end to the hassles of wheelchair travel. So three years ago, Lee started a blog called "Curb Free With Cory Lee" to help other wheelchair travelers. Tourism boards and tour operators took notice and started sponsoring adventures that wouldn't have been possible on his mom's salary working at a nursing home.

"He does things and has done more than I could have ever imagined or wished for him," mom Sandy Gilbreath said.

SMA makes Lee a bit weaker every year.

"Like I used to be able to lift my arms up and now I can't really do that," he said.

So there's urgency to his travels. After we met in New York, Lee was off to South Africa on safari.

Reporter: Plenty of people with fewer obstacles don't leave their hometown. Why's it worth it to you?

Cory Lee: I don't like being stuck in one place. And by me going out, it not only shows other wheelchair users but it shows able-bodied people that are just here in Central Park: He's out here rolling around with us, because I feel that people have this preconceived notion of wheelchair users just staying at home, laying in the bed and I want to break that perception.

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