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Donations pour in to replace Treasure Valley man's stolen wheelchair

Posted at 8:51 PM, Sep 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-26 22:52:13-04

It started as a way for Nathan Ogden to replace his missing wheelchair, but now it has turned into something much more.

This all began Friday when Ogden was watching the BSU game at Albertson's Stadium.

"I was carried down to our seats that we were in," explained Ogden. "At halftime, they were carrying me back up to my wheelchair, I'm a quadriplegic, I'm not able to move most of my body, and the chair was gone."

Initially, they thought someone had just moved it, but after working with police and BSU security, it has yet to have resurfaced.

After a search party didn't find the chair, a friend brought up the idea of starting a Gofundme to replace the chair. 

"I said no lets wait. We will find it," said Ogden. "Finally someone said I am doing it whether you say or not."

The original goal was $20,000.

"It was pretty cool how quickly people jumped on and started to support to help me be able to get a new wheelchair," said Ogden.

Then came a generous donation of $20,000 by local businessman Ryan Deluca.

"When you hear the story of someone losing their wheelchair here in Boise and just realizing what a huge inconvenience that is and a huge expense that is going to be, realized they weren't going to find it and he needed the help and I was really happy to be able to do it," said Deluca.

Now the goal has been raised, but not to help Nathan but others in need of wheelchairs.

Ogden has raised money in the past for Chair the Hope, an organization that provides wheelchairs to those in other countries who couldn't otherwise afford them. Now any extra money raised will go towards a great cause. 

"This is a cause that I can get 100 percent behind because I know what it is and I will fight like crazy to help others to get what they need because I live it," said Ogden.

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