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Community rallies around two men after tragic accident

LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

Christine Fowler is reminded of how hard it's been to bounce back after her son, Michael, was in an ATV accident in 2007.

"I want him to be able to go by himself and it's really hard for me to talk about it," said Fowler.

Michael has been a hunter all of his life, but after the tragic accident, everything got a little harder.

"Seeing young people really interested in hunting, when a tragedy like that happens, it affects you in so many ways," said Backwoods Outdoors owner Jackie Sizemore. "Any little thing you can get back to normal is just a lot better for everybody."

But that hasn't stopped him from doing what he loves.

He and another life-long hunter, Trip Block, who was born with Spinal Bifida, get help when going outdoors.

"When you see them able to go out and do what they love to do, it just kinda tugs at your heart," said Sizemore.

Now they could have the chance to go out on their own, with some Action Trackchairs.

Trackchairs are high-quality all-terrain wheelchairs that allow users the freedom of mobility to go hunting, hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities.

"They're awesome, I mean, pretty much any terrain you can think of, they can go," said Sizemore.

But the price is high. Two of them cost $24,200.

So to get the money they need, their family and friends are selling raffle tickers for Yeti coolers. They'll hold a drawing July 31st at Backwoods Outdoors.

"We're hoping that we can get these chairs so that their daily life can be so much better in the outdoors," said Fowler.

And they're asking for your help, so Christine can see her son and Trip hunt when they want, with a little more ease and freedom.

Contact Christine Fowler for more information on how you can help at 229-869-6744, or visit their GoFundMe page to help crowd-fund these efforts.

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