Football players help build ramp for classmate - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Football players help build ramp for classmate

Devin Ladner hugs Whitley McQueen after he and other members built a ramp for her. (Photo source: WLOX) Devin Ladner hugs Whitley McQueen after he and other members built a ramp for her. (Photo source: WLOX)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Seventeen-year-old Whitley McQueen is living with arthrogryposis, a rare disease that limits the growth of bone structure.

Because she also has a restrictive lung disorder, she relies on a ventilator to help with breathing. For the most part, she lives life as a normal teenager.

But one day, football player Devin Ladner noticed something at Whitley's house wasn't quite right.

"I drove through here one day and realized Whitley's mom truck was here with no ramp. I said 'Mom, something's wrong. We gotta do something about this,'" said Ladner. 

Devin sprang into action, calling local businesses looking for anyone who would help build the ramp. It's something that Whitley's mother says is desperately needed.

"I would have to load it [the ventilator] every day and she would have to walk down the steps," said Priscilla McQueen.

To their surprise, Ladner's calls eventually sparked the interest of Lowes. The company donated material for the ramp, and Devin was able to find the manpower.

Devin and Luke Miller spent an entire day building the ramp from scratch. 

"It really shows what coming together and just focusing on one project can really do," said Luke, who also plays football. 

Soon, Whitley will have a powered wheelchair that will transport her up and down the ramp, making things even easier.

"This is a project that they took upon themselves, directed it and headed up. It makes me proud as a coach, but it should make all Hancock County folks proud," said head coach, Neil Lollar. 

Copyright 2017 WLOX. All Rights Reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Boy beaten with hammer while protecting sister dies

    Boy beaten with hammer while protecting sister dies

    Sunday, September 24 2017 2:13 AM EDT2017-09-24 06:13:24 GMT
    Sunday, September 24 2017 2:13 AM EDT2017-09-24 06:13:24 GMT

    The suspect in the beatings faces charges of murder, attempted murder, and lewd acts with a child under 14.

    More >>

    The suspect in the beatings faces charges of murder, attempted murder, and lewd acts with a child under 14.

    More >>
  • Police: Tennessee church shooting suspect sent suicidal text

    Police: Tennessee church shooting suspect sent suicidal text

    Monday, September 25 2017 3:27 AM EDT2017-09-25 07:27:49 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 11:43 PM EDT2017-09-26 03:43:16 GMT

    Police charged the suspected gunman, who killed one and shot six at a Tennessee church Sunday, with one count of murder and said multiple charges were pending.

    More >>

    Police charged the suspected gunman, who killed one and shot six at a Tennessee church Sunday, with one count of murder and said multiple charges were pending.

    More >>
  • Jerry Jones, Cowboys kneel before national anthem ahead of game

    Jerry Jones, Cowboys kneel before national anthem ahead of game

    Monday, September 25 2017 10:01 PM EDT2017-09-26 02:01:57 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 10:10 PM EDT2017-09-26 02:10:24 GMT

    The gesture comes after an NFL weekend when more than 200 players sat or took a knee during the national anthem across the league.

    More >>

    The gesture comes after an NFL weekend when more than 200 players sat or took a knee during the national anthem across the league.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly