GVSU student will receive custom wheelchair-accessible van from Harold Zeigler Automotive

Posted at 5:26 PM, Jul 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-25 17:44:53-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A Grand Valley State University student in need of a new wheelchair-accessible van will receive a custom-built van as a gift from Harold Zeigler Automotive.

As FOX 17 reported, GVSU Student Chandler McBride, 19, was paralyzed in a swimming pool accident two years ago. He defied the doctors’ odds when he was told he would likely remain on assisted-breathing machines indefinitely.

Now, excited for his sophomore year at college, McBride said he pushes himself in physical therapy and takes most of his notes himself in class. However, his family said their van is beyond 200,000 miles and “on its last leg.”

Harold Zeigler Automotive Owner Aaron Zeigler reached out to FOX 17 then met with McBride and his family. Zeigler said when he learned of McBride’s determination despite his circumstances he wanted to help.

Next week McBride will be fitted for his new van, that Zeigler said will be custom-built. Then McBride said he should receive his new van within several weeks.

Stay with FOX 17 for the latest on this story.