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Clowns to the Left, Jokers to the Right (or: Who Steals a Wheelchair? Part 2)

January 28, 2012

Sometimes it seems like I live in a world where I’m surrounded by clowns and jokers.

Or worse.

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about Moira, a seven-year-old Minnesota girl with cerebral palsy who had her wheelchair stolen from outside her house. Who could do such a thing as steal a child’s wheelchair, I wondered. Surely it wasn’t some thrill-seeking thief, I decided. It had to be someone who had a disabled child of their own. I told myself that it was without doubt someone with no money, no insurance, no means to care for their own child. Someone who was suffering such extreme distress, someone who had tried and applied and been rejected by every social services agency in the state and were left with no other choice but to steal. Subscribing to that scenario was the only way I could get my head around the idea of someone sinking so low as to steal a child’s wheelchair.

Here it is two weeks later and I’m back to pounding my head against the wall and asking the same question again: Who steals a wheelchair?

This past week an equipment trailer in Shakopee (accent on the ‘Sha’, not on the ‘ko’ for those of you who don’t speak Minnesotan) belonging to the Minnesota PowerHockey League was stolen from its winter storage lot.

The Minnesota PowerHockey League is the Minnesota division of the U.S. EWHA, the U.S. Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association. The U.S. EWHA is a hockey program for anyone, male or female, who requires the use of an electric power wheelchair in their daily life. The Minnesota PowerHockey League is a six-team league with four teams located in the Twin Cities metro area, one team in northern Minnesota and another team in southern Minnesota.

The trailer was stolen sometime in the middle of the night and the good-natured thieves dumped the contents of the trailer: sticks, nets, public address speakers, jerseys and a scoreboard – equipment valued in the thousands of dollars – in the middle of the road outside of a west suburban Minneapolis school. The items that weren’t damaged or destroyed from being hit and run over by cars was recovered by staff at the school. The trailer, valued at $3,000 is still missing.

The thieves didn’t steal wheelchairs this time, but they stole everything that allows the Blackhawks to play hockey. Their 2012 season starts on April 28th and right now their season is in jeopardy.

Anyone who sees a trailer with this image on the side –

– is asked to call Craig McClellan at 763-535-4736 or email him at:

The non-profit group is also accepting donations.

Moira’s story had a happy ending. Let’s hope this one does, too.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Carole Cameron-Johnesse permalink
    January 28, 2012 6:45 pm

    Hi Michael–this truly sucks!!! But tell me about the happy ending with Moira’s story? It is inconceivable to me how cruel people can be–both to their fellow men and to the poor animals that me and hundreds of others try to defend and advocate for every day. I pray that these perps are caught and that somehow, some way-the hockey team that I’m sure means so much to the players-is able to start their season on time. Just like there are many animals rescued each day because of what we do–happy endings make doing the right thing (above and beyond the call of duty) all worthwhile!! Please share Moira’s story with those of us who haven’t heard the ending–and keep on blogging!!


  2. January 29, 2012 11:18 am

    I wonder how some people sleep at night. those yellow bellied lizards!



  3. Pamela D Hart permalink
    January 29, 2012 7:20 pm

    Michael, well, sadly, it seems there are scalawags out doing horrible things to kind people and organizations.

    It is my contention that WHEN they are caught, they are punished to the FULLEST extent of the law! I have absolutely ZERO tolerance for liars, cheats and thieves, but especially thieves who vandalize those who are disabled or do good within the local community.

    I am a firm believer in Karma and I KNOW these scalawags will be brought to justice for Karma is not to be messed with– she is a Witch, minus the W then add a B.


  4. January 29, 2012 7:47 pm

    I don’t even know what to say except 😦


  5. January 30, 2012 1:09 am

    I’m depressed after reading this–hang the superior writing, the story is a downer. Can you tell me something good, Michael?



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