BUTNER, North Carolina (WTVD) — AJ Luedtke served the Raleigh Police Department with pride for almost 10 years before multiple sclerosis took hold. It’s a disease where your immune system attacks your nerves.
Now he’s lost his ability to walk, get out of bed, and (thanks to an ever-breaking wheelchair) many days, that’s right where he stayed.
“It felt like I was just wasting away,” he said.
A local non-profit called Clay Pot Ministries and the community stepped in to help, and surprised the medically retired officer with a handicap accessible van, a motorized wheelchair and more than $4,000.
“We had someone from the Raleigh Police Department, who unfortunately lost a family member earlier this year, and wanted him to have the van,” Trudy Thornton, executive director of Clay Pot Ministries, said.
Before, he had no way of getting around, robbing him of precious moments with his 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter.
“I can’t run and play with them like I want to,” Luedtke said. “MS has taken that freedom away from me.”