Selena Sahme practices on a track in her wheelchair.Warm Springs resident Selena Sahme, 23, uses a wheelchair, but she hopes that won’t stop her from entering the Portland Marathon this fall.

Three years ago, Sahme was in a car accident that left her a paraplegic.

“I was going to do the Hood to Coast Relay with my mom before the accident, so I thought this year I’d do a marathon,” she said of her decision to enter the Portland race event.

Because of the marathon’s steep hills, rough areas and railroad crossings, she can’t use her wheelchair, and is trying to raise $5,000 to purchase a Lasher Handcycle (three-wheeled, hand-operated bicycle).

Through her facebook page,, and the fundraising site, Sahme has raised $1,625 so far. But she only has until May 23 to meet her gofundme goal, or the money reverts back to the donors, she noted.

Aside from the Internet efforts, her family is doing other fundraisers to help her purchase a handcycle.

Donation jars have been placed around Warm Springs and Madras, a 50/50 raffle is being held, along with other raffles featuring items donated by Indian Head Casino, the Museum at Warm Springs, and tribal members. Her family is also planning to do a hot dog cookout at Erickson’s Thriftway soon.

For more information, Sahme can be contacted at 541-325-1838 or 541-615-0847.

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