With community support, disabled veteran buys car with hand controls

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A North Carolina disabled veteran turned a little goodwill into four wheels.

John Adamiec served six years in the military including tours in Iraq before retiring due to injury. Four months later, Adamiec got into a motorcycle accident that left him as a quadriplegic.

Fit for Life 24 gym in Greenville hosted the fundraiser and raised $1,000 to help Adamiec buy a vehicle.

His trainer Matt Olson also set up a GoFundMe account that raised over $5,000.

Now thanks to both efforts, Adamiec was able to put a down payment on a new ride last week.

The Army veteran purchased a yellow Fiat and had it retro-fitted with hand controls.

Adamiec says the new car allows him to have a little more independence.FIAT VET

“Being able to drive on my own and be able to get around where I need to without having to beg for a ride, its helped out my family, said Adamiec. “My wife’s stress levels are way down.”

He says it may be a little car but it’s making a big impact on his life.

“You know I’m gonna start college next semester,” said Adamiec.” That wasn’t an idea 2 months ago because I didn’t have a way to get to college.”

He plans to attend Pitt Community College and study towards a degree in physical therapy or nutrition.

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