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Moving forward: Rustburg man, paralyzed in accident, is trying to get back to work

Upon graduation from Rustburg High school, Freeman had technical training as an electrician, now it's been a long 11 years since his accident, a lot of recovery, and now he's ready to get back into the work force and move on with his life (Photo: James Freeman)

RUSTBURG, Va. (WSET) -- At just 26-years-old, a car accident left a Campbell County man paralyzed, unable to do the things he was used to doing in life, like driving.

After years of recovery, James Freeman said he's ready to get back to work, but he said he needs a special van to hep make that happen.

Upon graduation from Rustburg High school, Freeman had technical training as an electrician, now it's been a long 11 years since his accident, a lot of recovery, and now he's ready to get back into the work force and move on with his life.

"I ran off the road and over-corrected and it flipped several times and I was thrown from the car through the window," said Freeman.

That was in 2006.

"I can do anything that I used to do, I just gotta learn a new way," he said.

But Freeman still hasn't been able to work; he has nurses who come help him run errands, but since he's paralyzed from the waist down, he can't drive his own car.

"I know if you put in the work and the dedication you can definitely get yourself back to where you were at," Freeman added.

Help Hope Live is a national non-profit that helps fundraise for medical expenses and they've made a page to help Freeman raise the money he needs to buy a handicap-accessible van he can drive himself.

"I just feel like I've got a lot more to contribute and like I said, I just want to keep moving forward and just go on to do great things, I feel like I can still do great things, and there are good things ahead of me, so I just want to accomplish those things," Freeman said.

If you would like to help with the van fundraiser, you can go to the link right here.

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