VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) - A community is coming together to make a local couple's life easier.
Jeremy Phelps is paralyzed from the waist down and his wife Danielle has Cerebral Palsy.
The couple needs a specialized van to get around, and the one they have now is breaking down.
"Doors don't open properly. The suspension is shot from all of the wear and tear," Phelps explained.
In 1999, Phelps was in the Outer Banks surfing when he hit a sandbar, becoming paralyzed from the waist down.
Phelps said, “I kind of got the words out, my neck broke."
He spent over a year in the hospital, doing his best to stay positive.
"There was nothing I could do, but work on getting better," said Phelps.
Today, he's doing more than doctors ever thought he would. He's married to the love of his life, Danielle, who is also in a wheelchair. He’s responsible for driving, but the problem is his handicap accessible van is almost 18 years old.
His friends noticed him struggling, trying to keep up with the van and they decided to help by starting a YouCaring Page to raise money for a new van.
"It’s on its last leg, he can't really work on it. Imagine a person in a wheelchair working on it," Jason Young said.
So far thousands of dollars have been raised, but his friends are hoping the community can continue making their mark to help this couple reach the finish line to get a van the couple feels safe in.
"My friend Jeremy and Danielle really deserve this," Young explained.
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