Tracked wheel chair a first for Colorado parks

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- Colorado resident Mark Madsen loved the outdoors.  Hiking, fishing...he even had a cabin by Lion's Head Peak.

But in April 2009, Madsen rolled his car avoiding a deer.  He became a quadriplegic.  He continued to visit the outdoors he loved using a tracked wheel chair from Craig Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries.

Mark Madsen passed away in August 2015 in the mountain cabin that he loved.  It was shortly after that, his family had an idea, "Why don't we do something in regards to Staunton State Park.  Mark loved it.  It was a very favorite place of his for many, many years," said Madsen's sister, Marie Hensick.

The family, through donations and fund raising, bought and donated a brand new tracked wheel chair for Staunton Park in Jefferson County.

Now, folks like Lisa Willman, who was injured in a motorcycle accident and cannot walk, can go where she once could not, "If I had my way I'd be out here four, five days a week at least.  Even in the winter."

No one knows why bad things happen to good people, but sometimes, something good can result.

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