“I’m just so happy I want to cry.” Disabled man gains freedom


FAIRBANKS, Ind. (WTHI) – Being able to go in and out of your house each day is something many people don’t even think twice about. But for one local man, this is no easy task. So today a local non-profit stepped in to help.

Sitting outside to enjoy the sunshine. That’s something Sam McGranahan hasn’t been able to do for years.

“It’s hard to describe. I’m beyond being happy,” said Sam.

That’s because he’s didn’t have a ramp easy to use with his wheelchair.

“Before he just couldn’t come out,” said his wife, Dianna McGranahan.

Now thanks to SAWs Ramps, Sam can enjoy his home inside and out.

“They said a few people would come but I didn’t expect all these people to come,” said Dianna. “It means the world to me.”

Volunteers from SAWs Ramps spent eight hours drilling away at Sam’s new masterpiece. This not for profit organization builds handicap ramps for people in need.

They completed 20 ramps this year. Next year they’re already on track for 60.

“To be able to see the smiles on these people’s faces, the homeowners, once they’re free and they know they’re free and they know they’re going to be able to enjoy life, that right there is enough,” said SAWs’ team leader, Dave Piper.

The ramps they build cost the organization around $800. Without SAWs Ramps, the McGranahans would never be able to afford a high-quality ramp like this.

“We’re on a fixed income. We never would have been able to do this without their help,” said Dianna.

Today Sam saw his 10 year dream built in front of his eyes.

“I’m just so happy I want to cry,” said Sam.

Finally feeling the sun on his skin and freedom in his life.

SAWs Ramps is in need of volunteers! If you would like to get involved, contact Dave Piper at (812) 240-6951.