Gone Fishing with Family

It means a lot to Jesse and James Freeman that the dock at Crescent Lake is wheelchair-accessible. The two brothers — Jesse is almost 11 and James is 9 — have Duchenne muscular dystrophy and have both lost the ability to walk, but were able to share the dock on a Sunday afternoon with their mother, father, stepfather, younger sister and older brother.

“I love this dock because you can drive right out,” says Brian Hinton, the boys’ stepfather. Hinton says it is the only place he knows where the boys can take their wheelchairs, which weigh hundreds of pounds, and go fishing like they did.

In April, the family held an event at their church to help raise money for a van with a wheelchair lift. Hinton says their van came just in time, as the genetic condition claimed James’ ability to walk just a few months ago.

2013.07.28 - Southington, CT - Jesse Freeman (left), 10, James Freeman, 9, and the boys' father Don Freeman react to their sister Emilee Hinton, 8, of Southington catching a fish at Crescent Lake on Sunday. The two brothers have Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative genetic condition that leaves them unable to walk, but were able to use their motorized wheelchairs at the lake. "I love this dock because you can drive (a wheelchair) right out," said Brian Hinton, the boys' stepfather. In April, the family held an event at their church to help raise money for a van with a wheelchair lift. Hinton says their van came just in time, as James lost the ability to walk just a few months ago. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com

2013.07.28 – Southington, CT – Jesse Freeman (left), 10, James Freeman, 9, and the boys’ father Don Freeman react to their sister Emilee Hinton, 8, of Southington catching a fish at Crescent Lake on Sunday. The two brothers have Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative genetic condition that leaves them unable to walk, but were able to use their motorized wheelchairs at the lake. “I love this dock because you can drive (a wheelchair) right out,” said Brian Hinton, the boys’ stepfather. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com

2013.07.28 - Southington, CT - Jesse  Freeman, 10, of Southington rides out on the  dock with his stepfather Brian Hinton. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com

2013.07.28 – Southington, CT – Jesse Freeman, 10, of Southington rides out on the dock with his stepfather Brian Hinton. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com

2013.07.28 - Southington, CT - James Freeman, 9, aided by his father Don Freeman of Southington, holds up a fish so his mother Lisa Klee can take a picture. Next to James, his sister Emilee Hinton, 9, adjusts the bait on her line. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com

2013.07.28 – Southington, CT – James Freeman, 9, aided by his father Don Freeman of Southington, holds up a fish so his mother Lisa Klee can take a picture. Next to James, his sister Emilee Hinton, 9, adjusts the bait on her line. Photograph by Will Parson | wparson@courant.com

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