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.