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Rampathon helps disabled Federal Way man access his own front door

Every year, the Master Builders Care Foundation presents its Rampathon, in which free access ramps are designed and built in a single day for disabled residents throughout King and Snohomish counties.

Saan Ching Saeteurn, who lives on South 304th Place, was this year's Federal Way recipient. Powell Homes and Best Way Concrete teamed up May 15 to build a concrete ramp at the front of Saeteurn's house. The ramp will allow Saeteurn to access his own front door.

"Ever since my spinal cord injury from the car accident, I haven't had much good news," he said.

In September 2003, Saeteurn was driving to work. He was at a complete stop on the freeway when another driver rear-ended him, leaving him temporarily comatose and without memory of the accident. The resulting spinal cord injury has since confined him to a wheelchair.

Before the ramp was built, Saeteurn would enter his house through the back yard, where his wheelchair often gets stuck in mud or gravel.

The new ramp allows for greater mobility on Saeteurn's property, where he lives with his wife and children.

"This will help out so much," he said. "I don't know what to say. I'm so happy that they're doing this for me."

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