Donation helps wheelchair-bound fan attend Chiefs game - KCTV5

Donation helps wheelchair-bound fan attend Chiefs game

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KEARNEY, MO (KCTV) -

A die-hard Kansas City Chiefs fan was about to miss a home game at Arrowhead Stadium for the first time ever.

But, thanks to some loyal friends and some generous strangers, he will finally be able to cheer on his favorite team, thanks to a last-minute donation.

Kurt Hixson's motorized wheelchair recently broke, leaving him no way to get into Arrowhead Stadium.

It only takes one look at Hixson's desk at National Marketing Resources in Kearney to tell which teams he roots for.

"He has got his Chiefs stuff up.  He has got his Kansas City Royals stuff up, and there is no Kurt," Hixson's friend and co-worker, Tiffany Turner, said.

Hixson hasn't been able to make it in all week.  He has a rare degenerative muscle disorder, and his motorized wheelchair broke last weekend, leaving him stranded and bed-ridden.

"It has been sad, because everybody knows the situation, and everyone kind of feels powerless to do anything," Turner said.

Then came maybe the toughest blow,  Hixson has season tickets to the Chiefs, but without his wheelchair, he was about to miss his first home game ever.

And his friends thought, maybe they could help.

"Kurt has an amazing spirit.  He is the type of person who is always willing to give, go the extra mile. He has, to my knowledge, never once asked for help," Turner said.

For Hixson's friends and co-workers, it was more just getting him out of bed.

"I know he wants to get out there and do things. He's unstoppable.  He will just go, go, go," Tracy Moore said.

His friends spread the word on social media and called every local shop they could find to get a rental or loaner until the chair is fixed, but no luck until Saturday night.

After KVTV5 ran Hixson's story, calls and emails started rolling in.  One stranger had a wheelchair that worked, and he delivered it personally to Hixson's house to be sure it fit.

"Here at the 11th hour, for one to finally come about, is absolutely amazing," Turner said.  "It is absolutely heartwarming to know there are so many people out there that are willing to help someone that they don't know or have no knowledge of."

But friends said it is a fitting response, because if the roles were reversed, Hixson would be the first in line to help.

"He is a giver. That is just the person that he is," Moore said.

Hixson will now be cheering on the Chiefs and his own personal record at Arrowhead Stadium will remain unbroken.

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