- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A group of strangers touched by the story of two paralyzed brothers has given them a customized minivan.

The Kalamazoo Gazette (https://bit.ly/2dqJ2sk ) reported that 26-year-old Matthew and 24-year-old Adam Chaffee, who were paralyzed in two separate accidents, received the $80,000 vehicle Monday from a Grand Rapids-area couple, a Grand Haven man and pastors in East Jordan.

Once they heard the brothers’ story the group felt compelled to help them and launched a public campaign to raise funds for the van and worked with Grand Rapids-based Clock Mobility, a company that specializes in handicapped-accessible vans, to create the vehicle for the brothers’ needs.

“It’s really nice,” Adam Chaffee, 24, said. “I didn’t have anything before so, yeah, this is really nice.”

The brothers have lived together in a downtown Grand Rapids apartment for the past 11 months and up until Monday, had no transportation of their own.

Matt became a paraplegic after a November 2014 motorcycle crash. Adam was living with and taking care of his brother in Kalamazoo when he became injured in a lake accident in July 2015. He is now a quadriplegic.

The brothers have also been the recipients of an online fundraising site that has paid for medical bills and some living expenses.

“What everybody has done and what everybody has given is just amazing,” said the Chaffee brothers’ mother, Carol Chaffee. “It is just wonderful what people have done for them.”


Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, https://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo



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