Logan Seelye has met one goal and is a step closer to reaching a bigger one.
The 26-year-old Spanaway resident exceeded his online fundraising goal of $20,000 to obtain a WalkAide, a medical device that will help him get around easier and hopefully help him learn to walk without assistance again.
Seelye was a Spanaway Lake High School football player in 2003 when he collided with another player at a summer football camp. He was left paralyzed but has made progress in the past 10 years.
He was originally told by doctors that he would likely never have feeling or movement from the chest down, but his mobility has gradually improved since he took his first walker-assisted steps in October 2003. He drives, works a regular job, and has a wife and daughter.
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In April, Seelye started the fundraiser for the WalkAide. Last week, his story was featured in The News Tribune.
"It is going to take lots of time, practice and training to get used to (the WalkAide) and understand how to properly use it, but I am excited to see what can happen, " Seelye said in an email Monday.
He hopes to have the device by early July.
With his goal met, Seelye said he will use any leftover money from his fundraiser to start a scholarship at Spanaway Lake. He hopes to raise money for his alma mater with an annual golf tournament; details are in the works.
Several donations poured in Friday after The News Tribune story was published, including ones for $3,000 and $5,000, to surpass the $20,000 benchmark.
"Obviously he's touched a chord, " Dan Seelye said of his son. "I think the timing is right for him now to really get out and start doing something to help his community and give back to those who gave so much to him."
Logan Seelye said he's blown away at the support from all donors, and that he'll continue to work hard toward his goal.
"I am not going to be able to play football again, and I am OK with that, " he said. "But it will allow me to walk with my daughter down the aisle when she gets married, it will allow me to dance with my wife better, it will allow me to do a lot of the things in my life that I either haven't been able to do or have struggled to do."
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