GVSU student to receive new wheelchair-accessible van from Zeigler Auto Group

Posted at 6:36 PM, Jul 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-30 19:52:40-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – GVSU Student Chandler McBride is set to receive his new wheelchair-accessible van in the next few weeks as a gift from Aaron Zeigler and the Zeigler Auto Group. Zeigler met with McBride and his family to discuss the latest technology and what type of van they would be receiving earlier this week.

As FOX 17 has reported, McBride was paralyzed in a swimming pool accident two years ago but continues to defy the odds as he pushes himself hard both at physical therapy and as a sophomore at GVSU.

McBride earlier said initially doctors told he and his family that he would remain on assisted breathing machines for the rest of his life. However, McBride said he takes most of his notes in class himself and plans to move to downtown Grand Rapids before school starts.

McBride’s previous wheelchair-accessible van was as he said, “on its last leg,” with more than 200,000 miles and other issues. He said his family will use this new van to help him live as independently as possible and provide transportation between school, home, and physical therapy.

Stay with FOX 17 for an update on McBride and his story.