Dubuque man thanks donors for help in purchasing specialized vehicle

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A Dubuque man with no arms and legs is now able to drive with a modified vehicle made just for him.

Jake Hesselman now has a vehicle built specially for him. The Dubuque man has no arms or legs. April 9, 2017 (Allison Wong/KCRG-TV9)

Jake Hesselman's cousin and aunt started a Go Fund Me account for him last summer, asking people to donate money for a specialized vehicle that he could drive.

The page raised $65,000, which went toward buying the vehicle.

The Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation agency helped pay for the modifications.

The car is specially equipped with a ramp to help Hesselman get in and out.

By locking his wheelchair into place, all of the car's controls are within his reach.

He steers the car with a joystick, much like the one that's on his wheelchair.

The blinkers and horn are controlled by buttons to the left of his driver seat and on his headrest.

Hesselman says it's still hard to believe that he has a car that's made just for him.

He said, "I always had to rely on people to drive me here and there and it's funny cause I think about this all the time, it's just like, 'I wanna go here, can someone - I'm like, wait, hold on, I have a vehicle now, I can drive myself!' So that's the coolest part about it."

Hesselman says people from Ohio and even New York donated to his cause.

He says he wants to thank each person who helped out, whether it be in donating money or sharing his Go Fund Me link.