Willoughby man with cerebral palsy in need of new wheelchair accessible van

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WILLOUGHBY, Ohio-- If you want to know about the Ohio State Buckeyes, just ask Rick Kwedder.

The national champions decorate his room, and he's even got Urban Meyer's autograph.

But don't get him started on the Browns and of course his beloved Cavs.

“I think they're gonna win it this year...win it all....yes,” he said.

But going to see sports or just a trip to the market is a lot of work and it doesn't have to be.

The 20-year-old has cerebral palsy and ever since he was five,  his green Chevy wheelchair van has taken him to hundreds of appointments.

But it also meant the freedom to go and help others through volunteer work at the Lake County Humane Society and with children who are confined to the hospital.

That's what he likes to do: help other people. But after sixteen years on the road, his only way to get around- in the family van isn't getting around too well.

“I’ve got to push it back again," said Rick’s nurse, Callen Lanpher, as she wrestled with the van’s wheelchair lift. “Then you got push it down because it doesn't go all the way down.”

The old lift hydraulics are just one of the van’s many problems.

They try to make repairs but it's reached a point where there’s not much more you can do.

A new van wheelchair accessible van costs $40,000 but when you weigh the need for Rick's nursing care against a new van, it's something the family can't afford right now.

What's at stake is Rick's future. “It's about independence. Everyone deserves to be independent and live their dreams and goals and he's definately one not one to ask for anything." Lampher said.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to try to get some of the money to buy a new van.

Rick is also writing a book about his experiences with cerebral palsy with the hope that he can help kids who are going through the same thing.