Chattanooga Teen Gets New Lease On Life

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 2/08/2013 6:28 pm
Sometimes it's hard not to take for granted the little things, like drilling, hammering, or walking.

Unless you're the 18-year-old boy that lives in this Chattanooga home.

A car accident sentenced him to life in a wheelchair.

Donald Jones, with Modern Woodmen of America, says, "He has no way of getting in and out of the home, other than pulling himself up with is hands about five steps."

It's been a daily struggle for more years than you'd wish to count, until Friday.

A group called Modern Woodmen of America is building him a wheelchair ramp.

Jones adds, "We have a fraternal budget, which is a couple million dollars a year, just to do activities like this."

The group does other activities as well, like getting children into college scholarship programs.

Sonya Adkins, with Modern Woodmen of America, says, "It's really just teaching the foundations of what's important and making sure they're secure and taken care of."

Now, when this paralyzed young man comes home from his day at Chattanooga State, he will see a new foundation.

David Roden, the property owner, says, "It's a first and a good thing they're doing."

These workers are hammering home the point that hope and opportunity are around every street corner.

Roden adds, "We can all do more."

If you know someone that needs a wheelchair ramp built for them, contact the Modern Woodmen of America at (800) 447-9811.

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