After life-changing accident, Wisconsin man finds purpose in painting

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BELOIT, Wis. (WMTV) -- A Beloit, Wisconsin man experienced a life changing event more than a decade ago. As a therapeutic outlet, he's found clarity in painting.

"At first it was pretty challenging," Ben Karr said.

Karr is 36 years old. His paintbrush has been a guiding source to help him find a purpose in painting after he was paralyzed in a boat accident in 2005. It happened when he jumped off a friend's boat and landed head first on a sandbar.

"You can't change it, so I might as well keep moving forward," Karr said.

Karr makes masterpieces with his mouth. He has crafted paintbrushes to have Popsicle sticks on the end to help him paint. He has a handful of acrylic paintings that he is now selling to help raise money for children charities.

"If there is something I can do to help other people, I want to do it," Karr said.

He says he hopes people hear about his story of paralysis and take more caution in their life. He also hopes to inspire others with disabilities.

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