BC: published by: Birchard offices
FC: By:Douglas Birchard published by, Birchard offices | Wheelchairs
1: Wheelchairs Written and Illustrated By:Douglas Birchard Dedicated to: My family
2: We are looking at a very peaceful High School in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania. There is a boy there named Dave, he is 14 years old. Sadly, he is disabled and has to move around in a wheelchair.He is somber quite often, but not because of his disability. He is sad because a mean boy at his school is always picking on him.
5: “Hey stupid! Come walk over here! Oh wait, you can’t! Ha ha!” He said as he walked away laughing at Dave. That was Johnny; he was the boy who constantly picked on Dave for his disability. Just then the bell rang and they all went off to class. The next class Dave sat next to Johnny; and whenever the teacher wasn’t looking he would make fun of Dave and ask rude questions like, “Have you ever run a marathon? Oops, sorry you can’t. Can you do anything besides sit there? Why don’t you go stretch your legs? Oh wait, you can’t." And things like " You’re a loser!” Dave almost hated school for that reason! He didn’t even have the guts to stand up for himself! Neither did others, because Johnny was the biggest bully in the whole school! His “friends” didn’t even like him! They just wanted to stay safe with him so they wouldn’t get pummeled.
6: This went on until after High school when Dave was accepted to a great college through scholarships; and Johnny went to a community college. Johnny is also a big-time athlete and is put through a program in his college for football. After years he was finally accepted to his favorite professional football team. Sadly, he was hurt in a game and lost his legs forever. He was like Dave now and he was very sad as Dave was. Every day he wished he could have legs back. He now realized how Dave felt and how precious the use of legs were. Now he felt really bad about making fun of Dave.
8: So he went and visited Dave. When Johnny first came through the door, Dave was astonished! “Johnny, you’re in a wheelchair! What happened!!??” Dave knew that he was sorry now about picking on him but had no idea that he was disabled too! “I was hurt in a football accident, though never mind me, how did your life turn out?” Johnny asked. “Well,” Dave said. “I love my jobs, Even though I don’t have a wife. I work as a professor half day at a college and a newspaper writer the other half. But don’t worry I do still have some free time.”
10: Wow,” Johnny said solemnly “You help so many people each and every day, I wish I could too.” “Well, maybe you can! I have a great idea to have a race to help out the people that are disabled, like us! If you could pitch in some money, we could hold this and help out people!” Dave said. “I will help you out! Wow,now I can help people too!"
13: So they went on with their plan! They held races, where people payed to race, but not just for running! The races were for disabled people too! The wheelchairs were equipped with special racing wheels for speed in the races. They made many friends and donated a lot of money to charities. Surprisingly though, they still had enough money to do it the next year and so on. When they were too old to run the races anymore, they handed it down to their friends and people even today are grateful for those two men.
14: Douglas Birchard is in seventh grade at Cambridge Springs High School. He is 13 years old. His favorite sports are baseball and volleyball. In the summer, he loves to swim in his pool and ride his bike. He also loves to read. In the winter, he likes to ski in his backyard,hunt, and have snow ball fights. The idea for this book came from one of my dad's stories about one of his classmates. But I tweaked it a lot.