6th grader attends field trip to Hyatt lake with help of David’s Chair

ASHLAND, Ore. — A young girl who survived a fatal accident in 2015 joined her classmates on a field trip to Hyatt Lake.

She was left with scars and a half-paralyzed body after the accident but her adversities didn’t stop her from having fun Thursday afternoon.

With the help of David’s Chair, a local non-profit that helps people with mobility impairment enjoy the outdoors, Nena was able to search through the woods on an all-terrain wheelchair.

“Right when I got here, I was like a little nervous because I didn’t think that I would be able to go over branches or rocks,” Nena said.

The 13-year old from Griffin Creek Elementary School and her classmates participated in a scavenger hunt around the area.

“It allows her to see things that other kids get to see and I think that’s the beauty of it,”  Mike Yunkherr, a teacher at Griffin Creek said.

She said it’s been a long road to recovery but she said she’s just happy to be outside with her friends.

“When you’re in a wheelchair, just kinda think on the bright side,” Nena said.

Nena will use the chair again next week Monday on a field trip in Jacksonville.

For more information on David’s Chair, click here.


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