Meridian man's wheelchair stolen during Boise State game

Nathan Ogden's custom wheelchair was stolen Friday night during the Boise State-Virginia football game. Ogden has been helping a charity that provides wheelchairs for people in need around the world.

A Meridian man who helps provide wheelchairs for people in developing countries is looking for his own wheelchair.

Nathan Ogden says someone stole his chair Friday night during the Boise State-Virginia football game at Albertsons Stadium.

"It's tough," Ogden told KTVB. "Last night I laid in bed and I almost had to laugh thinking 'Wow I couldn't have written this one up myself for a Hollywood movie.'" 

He also talked about the apparent theft in a Facebook live video.

Boise Police are investigating. They say the chair is a Quickie brand titanium wheelchair with custom wheels, and that it was parked at the top of Section 8 in Albertsons Stadium at around 5:45 p.m. Friday. By 7:30, it was gone.

"It's my livelihood. It's my life. It allows me to go down and tuck my girls into bed at night. It allows me to go to work. It allows me to assist my wife in things. It means so much more to people who need them," Ogden said. "So when you just take it for fun, you just changed someone's life dramatically."

Over 11 days last summer, Ogden and his family bicycled 1,200 miles from Bend, Oregon, to Santa Monica, California, to raise money for the Wheelchair Foundation. Nathan Ogden used an adaptive cycle.

"How Ironic is that? We ride 1,200 miles for wheelchairs for other people, and then I get home and someone steals mine," Ogden said.  

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The Ogden family raised more the $43,000, meaning they will be able to provide 288 wheelchairs to people in need. Nathan is using a sample wheelchair like the ones they donate while he searches for his custom chair. 

If you have any information about what happened to Ogden's wheelchair, Boise Police ask you to contact Crime Stoppers at (208) 343-COPS (2677), through the Crime Stoppers website, or using the P3 Tips mobile app.

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