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Dubuque man born without arms and legs has goal to drive

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(credit: Jake Hesselman) (credit: Jake Hesselman)

Although 22-year-old Jake Hesselman was born without arms and legs, he doesn't consider himself handicapped.

"Everyone says oh he's handicapped, and I say no I'm not, I'm handi-capable. I mean I'm capable of doing everything," said the University of Dubuque student.

Jake's condition is known as Quardrimembral Limb Deficiency. it caused him to be born without all four limbs. "When I was born my parents did know about the situation, and they both looked at each other and said we're gonna let him live the way a regular person lives their life, there should be no boundaries set to him," he added.

The newest boundary Jake has crossed is learning how to drive a car. "After getting my license I was really, really excited, I was very happy, just because I now know I'm able to drive, and be part of what everyone else is doing.  I can get in my chair...go out, and do things with my friends, do things with my family, or just go out and be with myself."

And now, to further his independence,  a GoFundMe page has been created to raise money in order to buy a van for Jake -- one he can drive himself.

"The wheelchair can drive up into the drivers seat, and on the right hand side, there's gonna be a joystick just like on my wheelchair here."

Jake's cousin says, the help from the community would a big help. "It's just not something that's feasible to raise $100,000 for a vehicle, especially at 22-years-old, most people spend 5 to 10 thousand dollars coming out of college," said Joe Hesselman. 

$100,000 is being raised through Jake's GoFundMe page. the van itself costs about $50,000.

The other half is to actually modify it so he can drive it. 

To help, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/27mx5bes 

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