The Numbers Are In…

Pictured presenting David with the proceeds of the Spares for the Chair event is Debbie Pickering.

Pictured presenting David with the proceeds of the Spares for the Chair event is Debbie Pickering.

Last Sunday’s Fundraiser, “YANKEE LANES SPARES FOR THE CHAIR”, raised a total of $2,221 dollars.

A Big “THANK YOU” goes out to Debbie Pickering for organizing the event, Jeff Barden of Yankee Lanes for the use of their facilities and Ron & Jennifer Bush for their D.J. & Karaoke services.

I would also like to thank the many individuals, family members, friends, co-workers, local businesses from Keene and the surrounding communities who helped contribute and make this fundraiser a success.


Total funds raised so far: $4,500
The Goal: Getting David more mobile by the use of a Tankchair.
Cost: $15,000
So he has a way to go but I know he will get there.

We are currently looking for additional ways to raise funds. We are open to any and all ideas.

On behalf of David and my family I would like to Thank you all for your continued support. It does make a difference.

David’s Dad Paul


David’s Goals For 2014 and Some Thank-Yous

David on his tilt table

Happy Valentines Day!

David has been doing well. Last weekend David’s friend Sam took him up to Granite Gorge to visit with his friends at the mountain. Just before he left they asked him if there was anything they could do for him, and David said he would really like to go down the tubing park. Well, with the help of Dave Morin, Rusty, Sam and others, they took him up to the tubing park. Seven of them, including David, got into tubes and made a 7 person tubing train and YES David went tubing down the mountain. They all had a great time, laughing and yelling all the way down. THANK YOU GRANITE GORGE!

MARK THIS DATE DOWN: Tuesday, February the 25th, David will be skiing at Crotched Mountain Ski Area starting a 9:30 am. All are welcome to Join David as he spends the morning skiing the mountain. I will be there early to try and break my legs in. ( It has been a year and half since I have skied)

Tomorrow, Saturday, some of David’s cousins will be coming up to go tubing at Granite Gorge. Maybe we can get David in a tube and send him sliding down the mountain again. His cousins won the tubing passes to Granite Gorge at David’s 5K Fun Run last summer. Thank you again Granite Gorge.

The picture above was taken while David was on his tilt table. The tilt table is used to get David’s body used to being in the upright position. It also helps him build and maintain bone density. The table was donated to David a couple of years ago. We now have room to use it downstairs in our family room.

David has set the following goals for himself for 2014:
– Get on Snow! ( It looks like that is happening)
– Get out and thank people in person for their support (weather permitting)
– Get Stronger
– Graduate from High School
– Have his dad get his moneys worth out of the YMCA Membership
– Play Rock Band on the Drums. David is a Drummer.
– Go Zip Lining
– Finish his elevator
– Hike more and climb mountains
– Get a Der Ziesel
– Would like to get a vehicle so he can drive himself around! Drive to Mt. Washington and drive to the TOP!

Hey, before I sign off I would like to take a moment to thank all of our Sustaining Members. These are the people who have signed up to have donations automatically sent to David’s fund raising organization HopeHelpLive on a monthly basis. It is amazing how things can add up. Funds are being used to help offset medical expenses that insurance does not cover. David is also curently raising funds to get a conversion van he can drive. THANK YOU! It is greatly appreciated.

Time to move some snow …

Today remember to keep a smile on your face and love in your heart.

Thank you all and Happy Valentine’s Day!

David’s Dad Paul

Update From The Hudgiks • January 6th

Paul And David

We are saying goodbye to 2012 and are very much looking forward into 2013.

A quick look back at 2012 and we have a lot to be thankful for including many successful fundraisers, donations of time, equipment and funds all to help David become more independent. Thank you ALL!

I talked with David this morning and here are some of the Goals and Challenges he has set for himself in 2013:

2) Get more physical therapy
3) Get van converted so he can drive it
4) Learn how to drive the newly converted van
5) Move into the newly renovated house
6) Finish work on the house
7) Get a manual wheelchair
8) Plan and put together more fundraisers to support the above goals

With your help, and David’s good nature and determination, I’m sure we will achieve many of these goals.

David is still progressing. He is still going to high school on a daily basis, working out, and spending time with his friends. We did look into a therapy dog for him but it would just cost too much ($25,000). There are other more important things that he needs now such as physical therapy and a manual wheel chair. It looks like the chair that would work for him will cost over $6,000.

The renovations at the house are still progressing. The finishing work is getting done now like painting, finishing the floors, getting the bathrooms complete, and getting the last of the electrical work done. The elevator should be in by the third week of this month and we expect to be in by the end of January. There will still be a lot of work that needs to be finished after that but most of that is on the outside of the house.

For recent pictures of the renovations and David go to

Thank you all for your Love, Prayers and Continued Support!

Looking Forward to the Future …

David’s Dad Paul

Help David Push Forward In a New Wheelchair

One of the next steps for David is transitioning to a manual wheelchair. A manual wheelchair offers several important advantages for David.

The new chair will be constructed of lightweight materials that fold up for easy transport. It will also allow David to be lifted over obstacles while in the chair. David’s current power wheelchair is incredibly heavy! A manual wheelchair can also fit into tight spaces such as doorways and hallways that might not otherwise accommodate David’s current chair. Very importantly, a manual wheelchair will allow David to get exercise, since he will be using his own power to get around.

Because David does not yet have sufficient arm strength to propel a manual wheelchair on steep inclines and long range hauls, the new chair will need to be customized with power-assist wheels. These are lightweight, electric wheels that will be powerful enough to give David help when he needs it, but will not make the chair too heavy.

The new wheelchair will also need to be customized for David in other ways, and will cost $11,646.00.

The new wheelchair will help David get stronger and become more independent. Donate today and help David move forward!

Thank you!

Click here for more info from the Hudgiks about the wheelchair.