Illinois Letter carrier beats the odds to walk

3/8/17 – Walking for hours each day isn’t always easy, especially when doctors said you’d probably never walk at all.

Just ask Elgin, IL, Letter Carrier Shawn Skau, who was born with clubbed feet and spent the next 12 years undergoing surgeries at Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago.


Elgin, IL, Letter Carrier Shawn Skau, who was born with clubbed feet, credits his postal job with helping him stay limber.

Skau never doubted his abilities and became a letter carrier in 1995 despite chronic pain in his feet.

He needed custom footwear early in his career, but now he wears regular boots with custom insoles.

“I’m not as fast a walker as the average person and I can’t run, but I’m consistent with my speed,” Skau said.

For his 50th birthday recently, Skau’s wife, Shelly, contacted Shriners to arrange a tour of the facility that changed his life. The Chicago Tribune covered the visit.

The letter carrier was then asked to speak before the hospital’s board of governors to share his experience growing up as a Shriners patient.

“I owe them the life I have,” Skau said.

He also credits the physical demands of his job with the Postal Service.

“The walking I do is keeping my feet strong and limber.”


source: USPS News Link

One thought on “Illinois Letter carrier beats the odds to walk

  1. Thank you sir for your service. You don’t need to be a speed demon to provide positive accurate service to
    the public. I don’t know that every management type will agree, but the public in the end is the boss.

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