'It makes me feel like I'm very important': Hunter with cerebral palsy receives all-terrain wheelchair

The new wheelchair operates like a snowmobile and will allow Lance Tebben to navigate wooded areas and rough terrain with ease.


Hunting just got easier for Lance Tebben, thanks to the efforts of some friends and a couple strangers.

Tebben, who was born with cerebral palsy, has always loved the outdoors in his home state of Minnesota.

"Just the fresh air and being out with friends and family," he told WCCO. "I've gotten a deer every year I've been out and last year I got a 14-point buck."

But navigating wooded areas with rough terrain in a wheelchair has always been a little difficult.

"Just trying to pull Lance in this chair here, it was just really hard," Chuck Ellingson said. "This is why we said, hey, let's try and do something for the kid, you know?"

A fundraiser earned $13,000 to buy Tebben an all-terrain powered wheelchair that operates like a snowmobile. He's taking it on his first hunting trip as part of a deer hunt for people with disabilities.

"I was so happy when I heard they were getting one of these for me. So, it's pretty awesome," Tebben said. "It makes me feel like I'm very important. I couldn't stop smiling and I still can't stop smiling."