Improved Mobility Goal of Fundraiser For Hillsboro Teen
In July 2017, 11-year-old Hillsboro resident Dodge Shore was involved in a head-on collision that left him severely injured and hospitalized. After spending weeks undergoing reconstructive surgeries to his abdomen and spine, Shore was relocated to a rehabilitation facility to focus on learning how to navigate the world in a wheelchair.
Having just celebrated his 15th birthday on Tuesday, Shore currently attends Hillsboro High School as a freshman. He’s been working at the County Market in Hillsboro since last October, a job which he greatly enjoys. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with friends, and playing basketball as part of a wheelchair team out of Madison. He enjoys spending time outdoors, hunting and fishing with his family.
However, the Great Outdoors provides an even greater challenge for Shore, as the hilly and rough terrain can make maneuvering his wheelchair a difficult task. Missy Herek, the former principal for Hillsboro Elementary and a friend of the Shore family, noticed the difficulties and limitations Shore faced when indulging in his favorite outdoor pastimes after inviting the Shores to go fishing and deer hunting on her property.
Determined to help Shore increase his outdoor mobility, Herek decided to set up a GoFundMe donation page in order to help the family afford a track chair.
Track chairs are designed to give their users maximum mobility in rough terrain, enabling users to traverse wooded areas, shorelines, and more with less concern as to the limitations they may face in a standard wheelchair. While researching track chairs, Herek even located one that would enable Shore to ‘stand up,’ providing even more opportunities to engage in activities he otherwise may not be able to.
The fundraiser went live on Wednesday, December 13, and within the first six days had already raised $6,965 of the $15,000 goal.
“Our family is just blown away by the generosity of our friends, neighbors, [and] community,” says Brandy Elder, Shore’s mother.
The fundraiser is still ongoing, and donations can be made through the GoFundMe page listed under ‘Outdoor Action Track Chair for Dodge’. Those who would like to donate but prefer to donate directly can do so by dropping off a check at Royal Bank. An account for the fundraiser has been opened through the bank, and those wishing to make a donation can make the check out directly to Royal Bank with ‘Track Chair For Dodge’ in the memo.