Hunt club surprises teen with off-road wheel chair

Hunt club surprises teen with off-road wheel chair

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HOLLAND, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It was a special Friday night for a special teenager at the National Wildlife Turkey Federation meeting in Holland.

His hunting dreams came true.

Fourteen-year-old Blake Walters of Swanton thought he had just won a hunting blind.  He did. But inside was a mobility action trail chair.

This young outdoorsman has cerebral palsy.

Blake's new rig will help him maneuver better while on hunting adventures.

"It's sweet. Now I can go anywhere without having to get stuck," said Blake.

Members of the Federation raised $12,000 to buy Blake the chair. He's loved by all, described as a wonderful, polite, outgoing kid.

"Hopefully by doing this, we're able to let others see what he's able to do with this chair and hopefully they can do something to get this type of chair," said Rob Broadway of the Federation.

Blake's family appreciates the gift as well.

"It's quite a bit to get him pushing in his regular wheelchair. Not getting any smaller," said Rob Walters, Blake's father.

Blake has been hunting since he was seven years old. The chair should make his trips to the great outdoors much more successful.

"I like the excitement I feel when I get a deer or a turkey," said Blake.

The National Willdlife Turkey Federation uses three words to describe its mission: conserve, hunt and share. It's definitely hard to beat this kind of sharing. 

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