Duluth photographers help paralyzed man enjoy the city's scenery

By KBJR News 1

December 23, 2013 Updated Dec 23, 2013 at 11:57 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A group of Duluth shutterbugs helped grant one area family's Christmas wish Monday.

Dereck Lockwood was in a car crash seven years ago that left him paralyzed from the neck down leaving him unable to enjoy the parks, lakes and scenery he loves so much.

His mother reached out to the Facebook group "Destination Duluth" asking if one of their 70 photographers would consider giving her quadriplegic son a print photo of a Duluth scene.

Destination Duluth received the message and numerous photographers agreed to donate their work to Lockwood.

The group delivered more than a dozen photos of Duluth's breathtaking scenery to Dereck's home.

"It really touched me. I could see the tears through the screen, you know as far as our messages. And I appreciate that. That's what Christmas is all about," said Jerry Thoreson, who heads up Destination Duluth.

"He can look at the pictures, he can remember, there's so many places he can't get to , but he can look at these pictures and just think back and remember the beauty, remember everything," said Linda Lockwood, Dereck's mom.

Destination Duluth says there are still more photographs being donated to Dereck and his family.

Derreck says he is going to put his extended family to work on Christmas day to put up all the pictures around the house.

Raeanna Marnati