Local Seminary Eagle Scout builds wheelchair ramp at Big Ten Water Park

July 21, 2016

 

JONES COUNTY, Miss. - A Seminary Eagle Scout raised money to add a wheelchair ramp at Big Ten Water Park.

 

Miles Guthrie, 17, found out his friend, Patrick Ellis, 23, had difficulty finding a water park that was wheelchair friendly. Guthrie said he wanted to do something about it.

 

"Getting this together was a really difficult task because we had to find all the donations for it and everything" said Guthrie.

 

The wheelchair ramp was part of his Eagle Scout project, Guthrie raised $500 selling pizzas and t-shirts to help build the first wheelchair ramp bungalow.

 

"I am very excited for him, I want to see him enjoy it" said Guthrie.

 

Patrick lived a normal life up until he was 21, his mother Patt Ellis said. She continued, "One day he started having difficulty walking."

 

"He has a genetic disorder called adrenoleukodystrophy, he is 1 out 5 people in Mississippi with it" said Ellis. She said doctors told her he would not live that long.

 

There is no cure for the disease and all she wants for Patrick is for him to enjoy life. "It is a really fabulous idea for him, he is excited with Miles being his friend and everything else" added Guthrie.

 

The camp told FOX 23 in the past they receive calls inquiring if the park is wheelchair friendly.

 

Park Manager Theresa Dinwiddie said, "Now we can have more people be able to come over, where wheel chair bound people can enjoy the outdoors too."

 

 

 

 

 

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