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Aidan Gravelle's Grandma's Story

Updated: June 21, 2019 07:33 PM

Aidan Gravelle is pumped up for his first full marathon. "I'm feeling confident. I've done two half-marathons. I'm up to the challenge to do the full."

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The 15-year-old from Lake Crystal has become much more active since getting adaptive equipment for his wheelchair. He's received grants from the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation, and has since been able to play sports like basketball and track and field.

"The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation has helped me so much. I was able to get a racing chair," Gravelle said.

He's now raising money for other kids. "As I started to achieve my goals, I want to help other kids achieve their goals."

On Friday, in Canal Park, he was able to meet with some of the elite wheelchair racers, who he admires greatly. 

His mother, Tina, is very proud. "Aidan is an inspiration to me every day. To the whole family, the whole community. He's overcome so many things. He's decided this is what he wants to do, and nothing is going to stop him," she said. 

The family came up and is camping in Cloquet. They'll be cheering Aidan on at the finish line.

If you want to help Aidan raise money for other kids:

https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/teamuhccfgrandmasmarathon/aidangravelle

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