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TYLER (KYTX) – A Tyler teenager has dreams of playing professional basketball one day, but he’s got some significant challenges.

With your help, he may be able to reach his goal.

“I played basketball through high school and everything so I really loved the sport,” said Austin Griffin, needs a basketball wheelchair.

Griffin fell asleep behind the wheel and was in an accident a year ago in Mineola. His truck flipped over three times, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

His family is encouraging him to keep going.

“I feel like no matter what, all of his plans he had before… whatever he still wants to do he can still do,” said Patrick Wilson, Austin’s dad.

Wilson pushed Austin to get back on the court.

He plays for a wheelchair team, but he needs a special chair to get around the court.

“When I heard about him playing basketball and he needed a chair, I was thinking maybe that’s something we can help him do,” said Susan Harris, Access 2 Mobility.

Access 2 Mobility specializes in getting disabled individuals the equipment they need. In Austin’s case, his wheelchair is a bit pricey.

The wheelchair is $8,000 and he says he can’t afford it.

“When someone has a positive attitude and they keep on going, you know he has goals and dreams and he keeps on going no matter what’s come in front of him, so I hope people see that or will give,” said Harris.

Harris is just one of many at Access 2 Mobility, reaching out to help a young man who sees no limit to how far he can go. Even when routes change.

“You can still do what you’d like and love to do and follow your dreams if you want,” said Harris.

If you’d like to donate to help Austin, donate here:

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