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This fundraiser ended on 10/20/11

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Hunter is an 8 year old boy with Cerebral Palsy. His father is a former United States Marine and Gulf War Veteran.

Hunter is an 8 year old boy with Cerebral Palsy. Though Cerebral Palsy has impacted his ability to stand and walk, it has had no effect on his speech or intelligence. He is a vibrant and active child who enjoys school, playing with his friends and Cub Scouts. He comes from a long line of military veterans, beginning with his great-grandfather who served in the Navy during WWII, 2 grandfathers who served as Marines in Vietnam (one of which received 2 Purple Hearts), and his father serving as a Marine in the Gulf War. Other immediate relatives have served honorably as Marines in Vietnam, Okinawa, the Philippines, and aboard the USS Enterprise.

Though Hunter will never be able to serve in our military, he fights battles every day. Hunter endures several hours of intense and often painful physical therapy every week. His parents had to fight to have him allowed to attend the same school as his friends. With the courage of an Iwo Jima Marine, he goes to school every day, the only child attending in a wheelchair. His most recent battle comes in the form of a playground.

Hunter’s school is planning to build a new playground in December. The play structure the school plans to build is not wheelchair accessible. When Hunter’s parents raised this concern to the school, the answer they received was unexpected. The school agreed to include wheelchair access, if Hunter’s parents can raise the $13,000 required to provide this access. Like any Marine past or present, Hunter’s dad has taken on the challenge. Unfortunately, this former SSgt. only has 60 days to raise the needed funds.

We’re asking for your help. In early January all 600 children will head outside to their new playground. If we can’t raise the $13,000 required, only 599 of those children will get to enjoy that playground. 1 will have to sit and watch the rest. Hunter’s father worries about how he would explain this to Hunter, if that day comes.
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