Community rallies around teen who needs special wheelchair to live his dream

WAKEMAN, Ohio -- Since 1903, the Yaworsky family has worked on their 85-acre farm just outside of Wakeman.

Austin, 17, is the fourth generation, and like his father before him, he wants to be a farmer; in particular, a dairy farmer.

“I know the cattle. I can handle the cattle myself. Mom can vouch for me; they're big animals, but I’ve know them since they were little and they respect me," Austin said.

The teen was born with cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair, but that's never stopped him from working with his animals.

“Austin is now 17 and is about to graduate from Western Reserve High School and his big ambition-- he's sat and watched them from the sidelines for years-- is to farm," said Angie Yaworsky, Austin's mom.

Austin has the heart of a farmer. But a farm can be a muddy place, and his current wheelchair will get stuck in just a little bit of mud.

The thing that would help Austin run his own farm one day is an all-terrain wheelchair.
It was developed for wounded veterans so they can get outside.

Insurance will pay $25,000 for his current type of wheelchair that gets stuck, but the problem, according to Austin's mom, is that insurance won't cover the $20,000 cost of the all-terrain one, because they say it can't be used inside.

“He doesn't want to sit in a chair or sit in the house, but with the weather changing, with rain and snow, that’s where he’ll be," she said.

Folks in Wakeman have rallied around Austin and his family; several businesses held fundraisers to help him get that chair.

There's a Go Fund Me page set up and the local Future Farmers of America is holding a dinner on December 10 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at Western Reserve High School on U.S. Route 20, because that's what neighbors do.“We see Austin trying to get this wheelchair and we're trying to help him as much as we can," said dinner organizer, Micayla Fincham.

You'll find a link to the Go Fund Me page, HERE.