Paralyzed Former Husker Gets Barrier-Free Home

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A former University of Nebraska football player who was paralyzed has moved into a new, barrier-free home with his family.

Budge Porter was paralyzed after suffering a neck injury during spring practice in 1976. He's worked as a stockbroker but had to quit as his health declined. He and his family have been living in an apartment.

Some friends launched what they called the Budge Porter Project to build the home in Omaha.

One donated the land. Another helped secure a loan. Another designed and built the ranch-style home. Subcontractors and suppliers discounted their bills.

Porter and his three children moved in on Thursday.

The home is open for $5 public tours this weekend. The money will go to the foundation to help others acquire barrier-free homes.

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