Milford quadriplegic needs new accessible van after crash

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A Milford man who needs a handicap accessible van is getting help from a childhood friend.

The idea for a GoFundMe came about after David Watson found himself stranded after the van he was riding in hit a deer recently.  Most in that situation would probably phone a friend for a ride home. But for David, it's not that simple, he was literally stranded.

"What charities to give money to while my dad is ill and I thought what would my dad do," Dave Muhleck said.  "I said he would help this guy."

The day after his dad's funeral Dave Muhleck is here talking with FOX 2 for his friend. You watch them both tear up. They are friends but it is like they are brothers.

"Love you brother," Watson says to Muhlek.

"Love you too, I hope we can get this done," Muhlek said.

Muhleck is helping to get this other Dave, Dave Watson back on the road.

"I am already dependent on people being a quadriplegic, now it's like oh no I have to wait for people to drive me around," Watson said. "I don't like it."

It’s been that way for 13 years without a proper van to drive because of what happened 37 years ago.

"I started praying and someone came over and lifted me up a little bit," Watson said.

Watson was paralyzed from the neck down when he dove into a lake that was too shallow. He was 18.

"It was kind of a numb feeling and I could still feel my limbs, I just couldn't roll over, I couldn't move," he said.

Muhlek said Watson was always a great guy, fun loving, active, free.

Driving for Watson is like freedom.

"Even though you're still yourself and within yourself, you can drive and get away from the reality of the situation sometimes," he said. "Being alone a lot is starting to wear on me. I don't look forward to my alone time as much as I used to. Because maybe I have too much of it."

And so appropriately the GoFundMe Muhleck helped set up is "Let's Get David On The Road Again" and back to sharing his art with the world and getting him to the sports he enjoys, back around the people who see him and the beauty he sees in the world.

"I am blessed by the kindness of strangers," Watson said. "It kind of restores your faith in humanity."

Now he's counting on the kindness of strangers to get the van he so desperately needs. It will cost about $50,000.

CLICK HERE to donate to his GoFundMe.

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