Operation One Voice, NFL alum give special wheelchair to Columbus boy

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A nonprofit that brings together public safety officers and the business community to support fallen and wounded special operations forces is making life better for an 8 year-old Columbus boy.

Operation One Voice presented a track-chair to Caleb Merriken at his home Tuesday afternoon.

Born with a genetic condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy, this new chair will help him enjoy things like hunting, camping, fishing and hiking.

His father is an Army Ranger who was critically injured in 2003. He was able to recover and is still serving at Ft. Benning.

"Caleb is thrilled," said his mother Kari. "It' s challenging sometimes because your regular wheelchairs don't go on the terrain like sticks, rocks. Caleb can't walk, so it's been challenging for him to share the father-son activities."

Former NFL player Morten Andersen, who played kicker for the Atlanta Falcons, joined Operation One Voice to present Caleb with the chair.

"If this not an endorsement of what Operation One Voice and what we do and what our brave soldiers do, I don't know what is," Andersen said. "This is a real special day for everybody."

Andersen, who is the founder of the Morten Andersen Family Foundation, also helped to organize a sideline visit at a Falcons game for Caleb.

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