The Bronco Nation at Boise State University has come to the aid of a local man whose $4,000 wheelchair was stolen during a game at the Stadium. Many turned out that Friday night to watch BSU play Virginia on the blue turf, but while all attention was on the field someone had their own field day with Nathan Ogden’s wheelchair.
Ogden, who has broken his neck twice, is a quadriplegic and has been wheelchair-bound for 16 years. Ogden believes the thieves may have been some kids wanting to pop wheelies in his custom wheelchair.
"It's my livelihood. It's my life. It allows me to go down and tuck my girls into bed at night. It allows me to go to work. It allows me to assist my wife in things. It means so much more to people who need them," Ogden said. "So when you just take it for fun, you just changed someone's life dramatically."
Many people turned out on the following Monday to help search the stadium where it was stolen. They, however, did not find his wheelchair, so they started a GoFundMe to replace his stolen chair.
That's where the story took an unexpected turn and something amazing happened. A local businessman and founder of bodybuilding.com pledged to donate $20,000 to the fundraiser. The goal is $40,000 to not only get Ogden a much-needed new chair but also to raise additional funds to provide wheelchairs for people in underdeveloped countries. Ogden said he was, "absolutely awestruck" by his generosity
“He not only has donated $20,000 to get me a new wheelchair but has also offered to match any donations up to another $20,000 all to go toward wheelchairs for underdeveloped countries,” Ogden wrote on his Facebook page. Watch the video, below, to hear his story.
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