A former semi-truck driver is taking a different set of wheels on the road to Lambeau Field after an accident turned him into an amputee.
Dennis Shulze had the odds against him back in 2012.
“They had to cut my right leg off while I was awake with a 42% chance of living,” Shulze said.
Shulze is currently on a 170-mile journey from Janesville to Green Bay to inspire the people he meets, and raise money and awareness for the causes close to his heart.
“Alzheimer’s, lost my dad. Cancer, lost my mom. March of Dimes, St. Jude’s… for LEDR, for my cousin and officer Ryan Copeland who got killed in the line of duty,” Shulze explained.
He rides about five miles a day, mostly on the highway.
His friend Joan Sohn, and usually a police officer too, will follow close behind him to make sure he’s safe.
“Nothing will stop him,” Sohn said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s thirty below zero or if there’s a blizzard, he’ll do it anyways. It’s just what he’s meant to do, and I’m inspired and I’m in awe and I’m just honored to be part of it.”
It’s an unusual roadside sight for drivers, but many enjoy seeing him.
“The honking, the people waving, it’s a rush, it keeps me going,” Shulze added.