Luke's Gift of Independence

By Jayne Ann Bugda | jbugda@pahomepage.com

Published 02/02 2014 02:32AM

Updated 02/02 2014 02:52AM

  13-year-old Luke Hartrum was given a gift of independence on Saturday.
 
"The LAMA Club just gave us the dream that he can continue to dream but realize his dream that he may be able to walk sometime." Said Luke's Mom, Lori Hartrum.

It's been a long and hard road to recovery for Luke, but while he's a young man of few words his expression says its all. Back in 2007, Luke suffered severe injuries after being hit by a car and is now paralyzed.

Thanks to the generosity of the Pocono Chapter of the Latin American Motorcycle Association and a five thousand dollar grant from Home Depot, Luke will now have a new state of the art bath tub that's handicap accessible.

  Members of the LAMA were hard at work Saturday also renovating a portion of the garage adding about 12 feet to Luke's domain ...giving him more room and privacy ..

 This project was all about impacting a veteran's family in the community in a positive way. These gifts not only benefit Luke  but also his mother Lori - an army veteran, diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, so seeing the excitement of the Hartrum family , especially Luke was priceless .

 "Luke given all his circumstances- he always has a big smile on his face, always has a thumbs up, but even today when he saw the tub that smile got bigger that thumbs up got higher and its just a warming feeling. " said John Schaffer , Veteran's Chair of LAMA

 The LAMA Group hopes to finish the renovation project by the end of February. .

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