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Wheelchair Swing Allows Siblings To Enjoy Outdoors

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James and Libby anxiously await the installation of their new swing (credit: CBS)

James and Libby anxiously await the installation of their new swing (credit: CBS)

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)- A brother and sister living with cerebral palsy will soon be able to enjoy the warm spring weather.

Wheelchairs prevent 11-year-old twins Libby and James from using ordinary swings found at parks and on playground equipment.

Students in the Construction Management Program at Colorado State University set out to change that. They designed, built and installed a customized playground for them in their backyard.

Construction on the giant swingset won’t be complete for a few more weeks but Libby said she can hardly wait to test out the ropes.

“Because we can go outside and swing and play with my brother,” said Libby.

“It’s a great opportunity to apply skills but more importantly make a difference in these kids’ lives,” said CSU Student Kyle Snow.

Five CSU students worked on building the playground as part of the CM Cares programs. They will also build an elevated sandbox for the siblings.

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