Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013
Pope County Stands Up for MKane Faughn
POPE CO. -- Pope County is raising money to help a Golconda teen get a new wheelchair.
Doctors said MKane Faughn, 16, would probably never walk again following a car wreck three years ago. Now, he's hoping to get back on his feet with help from a new wheelchair.
The determined teen walked across the stage at his eighth grade graduation, but now suffers from pressure sores. Mkane's teachers and friends are hoping to bring some normalcy to his life by helping him stand again.
Whether it's hunting, playing sports, or riding four-wheelers, like many teenage boys, Faughn loves the outdoors. "I love to fish," he said.
He just had to grow up a little faster than his friends after a truck ride with his older brother on February 24th, 2010. "Just got off the shoulder of the road, slide and hit a power line and that was it. It fell across and landed on my side of the truck," Faughn explained.
The doctors didn't think he'd ever walk again, but Faughn proved them wrong. "My 8th grade graduation I walked across the stage and I proved everybody wrong and I was just so happy," he said.
Faughn says he'd love to stand again so he can be a mechanic one day. "I want to work on trucks and cars."
Pressure sores and other health complications make it difficult, but Faughn isn't letting that hold him back.
"One of the most courageous kids I've ever run across," said his teacher Carole Brown.
Now Brown and others are stepping in to lend Faughn a hand by raising money to buy him a stand-up wheelchair like the one from The Standing Company.
"At the Shrimp Fest we're going to have a booth and we're going to give everybody a chance to see the stand-up wheelchair," she said.
It takes a village to raise a child and the small community of Golconda has already raised nearly $9,000.
"It's just heart-warming," said Brown. "You know you're never alone. That there's always somebody that's got your back."
Brown believes getting Faughn the stand-up chair will give him a better chance at living life just like everyone else.
"I have very special date and I've been waiting to get my license and stuff like that and the stand-up wheelchair could help me dance at prom and everything and it would mean the world to me," said Faughn.
"I want him to be able to live independently, to get married, have kids, have a job, and just live," added Brown.
A custom stand-up wheelchair will cost roughly $25,000.
If you'd like to donate to the Stand Up for MKane effort, but can't make it to Shrimp Fest this weekend, you can send your donation to the Pope County High School at Highway 146, Golconda, IL 62938. ATTN: Rachel, Cathy or the Stand Up for MKane Wheelchair Fundraiser.
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