Paralyzed woodworker given standing wheelchair after NewsChannel 5 story, builds 15-foot lighthouse

Posted at 5:47 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 12:28:52-04

LEWISBURG, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Lewisburg man who is paralyzed after an accident with a distracted driver has reached another milestone.

Danny Stephens, a Goodwill employee, was featured on NewsChannel5 in January in a story about his eight and ten-foot tall lighthouses.

On Monday, Stephens' newest lighthouse, that stands 15-feet tall and weighs more than 400 pounds, was installed at Victory Fun Park along N. Ellington Parkway.

After the original story, Independence on Wheels gifted Stephens a standing wheelchair that is allowing him to build bigger structures. Stephens said the wheelchair is also allowing him to exercise his joints and muscles in new ways.

Don Kania, the owner of Victory Fun Park, saw Stephens on NewsChannel5 and invited him to build his latest and largest lighthouse for the miniature golf course.

"All through the off-season my wife and I were saying 'what do we need to build to share the light of the world?'" Kania said. "I saw the NewsChannel5 article, and Danny, he was the answer to our prayers."

Stephens is thankful for the people in the community that are thinking of him and wants that to be the case for everyone in need.

"If we live in a world full of hate, like the songs says.. be a light, be a light in the world," Stephens said. "Instead of tearing things up, try to rebuild things. Love overcomes hate. When there is tragedy and events going on in life if you look to the light... that will make your community stronger."