CLAREMONT (CBSLA.com) — Patrick Freeman will soon be back at the beach.
Freeman, 26, suffered trauma and a brain injury when he was hit by a car three years ago. He is unable to walk or talk. Respite came seaside, where Freeman’s family would take him in a specialized beach wheelchair. It included armrests that double as flotation devices and wheels that can handle beach sand.
That $1,700 rig was stolen ten days ago, when the family left it at a hotel while during an emergency room visit.
“My heart just sank,” said Mike Freeman, Patrick’s father. “I hung my head. I said ‘I hate my life.'”
Soon after, the Freemans were smiling again. The company that made the chair offered to send a new one. Strangers also helped, after a friend started an online fundraiser to buy ten of the chairs. They’ll be donated to beaches.
“There are more kindhearted people than you think,” said Mike Freeman.