The wait is over and Forest Walton, a local teen stricken with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, now has a brand new van. The van was donated by Hendrick Automotive Group and was fitted for handicap accessibility by the Checkers and Van Products, a Raleigh-based company who provides mobility to physically challenged individuals.
The Checkers, in conjunction with Wheels for Forest, surprised Forest and his family with the announcement of a new van during the first intermission of their home game on April 7. Funds were raised from a portion of ticket sales from the Checkers game, a donation from the Charlotte Checkers Charitable Foundation, the Wheels for Forest 5K run in September and donations from friends and fans.
Wheels for Forest, which will soon become a registered 501(c)3 non-profit foundation, was started by two local high school students for their friend Forest and will help to serve the needs of others afflicted with Duchenne MD.
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