On July 4, I was looking forward to taking my wife and two boys to Cary’s amphitheater for the concert and fireworks. This was especially poignant because my wife is being treated for cancer and has recently had reconstructive bone surgery to save her leg. As a person with a disability, she is just now able to venture out of the house, so what better way to celebrate independence?
We were waved down Regency Parkway by attendants who couldn’t tell us where to find an accessible space. Finally we stopped at the Main Entrance VIP lot, which was mostly empty, and asked the attendant who was visibly annoyed that we stopped. With a handicap permit displayed, we asked, “Is there any handicapped parking for her to get in?” Waving his arm at us, he grunted, “No. There’s 10,000 people.” He stepped back, waving us on without any sympathetic suggestion about accessibility.
So, we had to drive our children back to Raleigh. It’s good to know the spirit of American independence is alive in Cary – if you are independent, we’ll save a VIP spot up front. But if you need any help, good luck to you. Long live the American dream.
Dr. Chad Rimmer