Michelle Murray is having this experience now with her husband and three children on the “My Finish Line” tour, calling attention to the documentary film of the same name.
The tour is part of Murray’s work as a spokesperson for the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation.
In the film, Murray’s music tells the story of Schmidt, an IndyCar racer who made the transition to race-team owner after an accident in 2000 left him paralyzed.
The movie depicts the realities of Schmidt’s life in the competitive world of IndyCar racing, including the hours that it takes for him just to get out the door every day.
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Firestone helped sponsor the film, which was shot during the 2010 Indianapolis 500.
“For him, it’s not the Finish Line, but the Starting Line, just what it takes for him to get somewhere,” Murray said.
Murray became friends with Schmidt when she had the opportunity to sing before an IndyCar race. She didn’t know at the time that their friendship would lead to a nationwide music tour and the continuation of her special relationship with the disabled community.
“I grew up around special needs and mobility issues; my parents were special-education teachers,” she said.
Murray’s husband and tour manager, Tom Murray, describes “My Finish Line” as a “story told through music,” including the song “It Won’t Be If But When (Sam’s Song),” which describes Schmidt’s determination to walk again.
“Everything but the heart could break, but I’m still in the race.” – “It Won’t Be If But When (Sam’s Song),” Michelle Murray
“Sam is very inspirational,”Murray told the crowd at her tour stop at MC Mobility Systems in Mentor, Ohio. “He never gives up and has a great sense of humor. He still wants to dance at his daughter’s wedding someday.”
By the middle of the summer, the Murrays had logged 30,000 miles over the first five months of the tour, staging 80 events at wheelchair van dealerships and VA hospitals. Tom Murray said that even when the tour reaches the finish line, he and Michelle have something else planned for the disabled community.
“We’re planning on a large multimedia performance that will bring together the entire mobility industry,” he said.
Most importantly, the Murrays have been able to share special times with their children as they travel the U.S.
“We visited Washington, D.C.,” Michelle said. “The kids also really liked Legoland, Sea World, Cedar Point and Wildwater Kingdom.”
Take a look at the tour schedule to see if Michelle Murray’s “My Finish Line” tour will make a stop in your town.