Boise family's 1,200 mile bike trek aims to provide wheelchairs for those in need

Nathan Ogden broke his neck coming off a ski jump in Oregon 15 years ago. Now a quadripelegic, the Boise man is on a mission to complete a two-week family bike ride from Mt. Bachelor, Oregon to Los Angeles, California.

BOISE - A Boise family has a big mission ahead of them: They're about to embark on a 1,200 mile bicycling trip from Oregon to southern California.

The ride - called Chair the Hope - is an effort to raise awareness and money for wheelchairs to be delivered to developing countries.

The Ogden family knows first-hand how a wheelchair can make a difference. Nathan Ogden is quadriplegic, having broken his neck on two separate occasions.

On July 10, Nathan, his wife Heather, and their four children will will leave from Mt. Bachelor, Oregon - where Nathan broke his neck the first time - on a two-week relay-style ride to Los Angeles.

Nathan will be riding a hand cycle, while the rest of the family will ride bicycles as they cover an average of 115 miles per day on the journey.

"It's gonna be tough, but it's doable," Nathan said. "We've been training hard for the last couple of months, because we only decided to do this about two months ago."

The goal of Chair the Hope is inspire others with disabilities while also raising $100,000 to donate to the Wheelchair Foundation - a nonprofit that provides wheelchairs to people in need worldwide.

"It's to allow people to have independence and to choose to live how they want to live," Nathan explained. "I know exactly what it's like to be stuck in a room when everybody leaves and I don't get to go because my wheelchair was broken or something happened. And I hate that feeling."

To learn more about Chair the Hope, make donation to the cause, or follow the family on their journey, check out the ride website and Nathan's blog.

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