Cloquet Man Hopes For All-Terrain Wheelchair

Father Wishes to Spend More Time With His Kids

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A father in Cloquet has a dream that he’s hoping the Northland community might be able to help him make come true.

His wish is simple he just wants to spend more quality time with his kids, outdoors, hiking, fishing and hunting. However, those basic activities in his case aren’t that simple.

Josh Craven, 25, found out at a young age that his life would be much different than he expected.

“I was normal growing up, and around 11 my friends were giving me a hard time about how I was running,” said Craven.

A trip to the doctor revealed he had Muscular Dystrophy, and would slowly lose muscle strength and his ability to walk.

As his condition worsened there were bright spots, like the birth of his children.

“They mean the world to me,” said Craven.

As his kids get older, often he’s left watching from the sidelines.

“I just wish I could do more,” said Craven. “(My wheelchair) always gets stuck outside, trying to do stuff.”

That’s where this family’s dream comes into play with new technology.

A $12,000 Action Track Wheelchair could change everything once again. It’s made to help wheelchair bound people get to the trails, beaches and woods.

“I want to explore the trails, I never did the Lake Superior Hiking Trail, I want do that and fish. Go to beaches, camps and go playgrounds,” said Craven.

Most importantly, he says the chair would let him become the father he’s always wanted to be.

“I can actually be a part of it,” said Craven. “I just want to be a part of stuff.”

Josh has been working hard to get the chair, securing $6,500 in grants  and $1,000 in donations. He still needs to raise about $6,000 before June to purchase the chair, before that grant money expires.

To find out how you can help, click here.

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