'Make Paige Mobile' Gets Help From UMD Bulldogs

By KBJR News 1

April 22, 2011 Updated Apr 22, 2011 at 6:12 PM CDT

Bovey, MN (Northland's Newscenter) - A car accident took the life of her friend, and left her in a wheelchair.

Now a special friend started a movement, to get Paige moving again.

It was two days after Paige Anderson's 16th birthday.

A terrible car accident took the life of her friend Emmy Foss, and left Paige paralyzed.

It's been a tough time but throughout her recovery, Paige has stayed positive.

"If I'm stuck in my wheelchair I might as well have fun with my wheelchair. Life's not over yet so I might as well have fun," said Anderson.

Since the accident Paige has had to under go countless hours of therapy. That's where she met Myrna Peterson, who understood what Paige was going through.

"I had my accident when I was 45 years old. Had wonderful career opportunities and had four beautiful children. I cannot imagine going through this physically an emotionally at 17, 16 when she had her accident," said Peterson.

Paige's passion for life sparked a fire in Myrna, which spread to rehab supervisor Lisa Arnold.

"Myrna came into my office and asked me...told me she had been staying up all night and thinking about Paige and she's been wanting to help Paige get a van and she asked me if I would help her and that's how it started," said Arnold.

Paige's family van has seen better days.

It frequently breaks down and often won't start.

The effort, now known as "Make Paige Mobile" is working to purchase a new handicapped accessible van.

They recently got a helping hand through an anonymous donation, and another from the UMD Hockey team.

"We have a jersey that is signed by the entire Duluth Bulldogs hockey team that we are going to put on EBAY to try and raise as much money as we can, from this jersey, to apply it to the van," said Arnold.

Arnold hopes to raise a lot of money from the jersey.

"We want to reach out to all the Duluth people and all the people who would be interested," said Arnold.

Paige's mother says a new van would not only make traveling safer for Paige, but give mobility to her dreams.

"She wants to go on, she wants to work, she wants to go to college and work for her living and that makes me very proud" said Teri Dubovich.

The jersey goes online today.

An upcoming dinner at the Grand Rapids Moose Club will also help raise funds for the new van.

For more information on how you can help Make Paige Mobile you can log on to the Make Paige Mobile website.