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Utah man who commutes to college in wheelchair gets life-changing gift at Jazz game

Posted: 2:34 PM, Feb 14, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-14 18:34:52-05

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The first thing you should know about Jag Martin is that he has a great sense of humor and an attitude of success. Those traits triumph over his challenges.

Jag was born with physical disabilities, in India. He does not know the name of his birth mother. His father, he was told, feared for his future and placed him in an orphanage in Culcutta, India.

At age three, Jag was adopted into a family from Utah.

Today he’s a college student in his twenties, in his final year at Utah Valley University. To get to school, he drives a motorized wheelchair three miles each way from his home to the Frontrunner station.

Months ago, Jen Black nearly hit Jag with her car while he was driving his wheelchair on the shoulder of the road. She stopped to make sure he was okay, and a friendship soon formed.

Jen works for Alpine Home Medical, and knew a customized wheelchair van could change Jag’s life. She reached out to the B in Motion Foundation and the Fox 13 Dream Team. Once funds were secured, our friends at The Utah Jazz couldn’t wait to help with the surprise!

On a February evening as Jag entered Energy Solutions arena, Thurl Bailey and the Dream Team were waiting.

Watch the video to see what happened.

If you know someone who could use a visit from the Dream Team, fill out the nomination form here. Tell us the story of the person you are nominating, as it might be told on TV, and suggest a gift that could make a difference in their life.

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