[Whitney Rupp - firstname.lastname@example.org]
Twenty-seven years later, life continues for Neff, who refuses to allow being a quadriplegic to slow him down. Since upgrading from a manual wheelchair to a motorized chair six years ago, Neff has traveled 3,046 miles, according to his odometer, the same distance between McCullom Lake and Honduras.
“I’m not a bump on a log, we get out and about,” Neff said. “Chloe didn't have all those gray hairs on her face before I got this chair.”
Perched atop a stand connected to the arms of the chair, Neff’s miniature dachshund, Chloe, travels with him wherever he goes. From making appearances at Wonder Lake car shows and parades, to helping his neighbors construct a miniature dog park at an empty lot three yards down the street, Neff and his faithful companion, “Bean,” make an effort to go outside on their new wheels as much as they can.
“I think I’ve been handling it rather well,” Neff said. “I’ve had all this time to think about [the accident] and God knows I love wheels. So He’s like, ‘You love anything with wheels? POOF!”