Young Man With Muscular Dystrophy Gets a Great Birthday Surprise

James Baxter-O’Shea and his family from Oberon in New South Wales, Australia were finding it difficult to get around. Their current vehicle was old, full of rust and falling apart. When friends and neighbors heard about their plight, they decided to get together to help out the family, particularly James, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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According to a report on abc.net.au, the family was surprised on James’ 22nd birthday with a brand new wheelchair-accessible vehicle that can safely transport him and his family around. There is even room at the back for some of James’ friends to tag along.

What is most amazing is that the Oberon community managed to raise over AU $80,000 in just under four months to be able to deliver the vehicle in time for the young man’s birthday.

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