In March, we shared the story of Rachelle Friedman, an NC bride-to-be who was paralyzed in a tragic accident. The Knightdale resident was joking around with her bridesmaids when a friend’s playful push landed her in a pool, leaving her with no leg or finger function. “I didn’t know if I’d be able to ever have a wedding,” she said.
Van Products and BraunAbility teamed up to help Rachelle and her family by providing the use of a wheelchair van, and NBC’s “The Today Show” helped her renovate her home. 1-800-Registry, an online wedding advisory service, has even offered to pay for her dream wedding and honeymoon! “This is more of a fairy tale wedding. It’s going to be crazy amazing,” she says.
In the last year, Friedman has taken great strides in adapting to life in a wheelchair and recently learned how to transfer herself from the wheelchair to her bed and couch.
“That’s something she really wanted,” her fiance, Chris Chapman said of Friedman’s progress with the wheelchair. “Each step is another direction toward independence.”
To stay active she participates in local wheelchair sports like rugby and tennis. Her fiance thinks “the sky is the limit” for what his bride can accomplish.
Friedman will wed Chris Chapman at 11 a.m. Friday at the Fearrington House in Pittsboro. Congrats to you both!