Help Kayla get a Wheelchair Van with a Lift!!!
Organized by: Sue Johnston
My name is Susie and this is our daughter, Kayla. Kayla is a beautiful, 11 year old little girl. She's such an inspiration to everyone she meets and has the most beautiful, loving soul. <3 We're raising money and asking for your help in hopes that we'll be able to purchase a wheelchair accessible van with a lift for our daughter. Our minivan isn't suitable for Kayla as she is 80+lbs and growing, which makes it difficult for myself to push her up the ramps to load her in and out of the back of our van. Her head hits the top when she's upright, so I have to tilt her chair back just to get her in and out. To be able to provide this for our daughter would not only mean the world to us, but it would mean so much more for Kayla. It would make travel so much easier and allow us to do more things together as a family. Kayla was diagnosed with pneumococcal meningitis when she was just 2 days old, which has left her with mutiple disabilities and confined to a wheelchair. She is now 11yrs old and a big sister to 2 younger brothers, ages 8 & 4. She is 100% dependent and has severe brain damage which is a result from the meningitis and has suffered daily from a seizure disorder these past 11 years. She also has high muscle tone in her arms and legs & low muscle tone in her trunk and neck which prevent her from being able to sit up on her own. She cannot walk or talk and has severe profound hearing loss along with CVI (cortical visual impairment). Kayla's condition is life-long and she will most likely never be independent. As her parents and care givers we simply manage her health and any associated conditions with her disorder the best we can. Kayla's cognitive ability and other health issues complicate her quality of life. She has come such a long way but still needs help in gaining independence in all of her daily activities. There is nothing we won't do to help improve our daughter's quality of life, even if that means breaking down the barriers and asking for help, (which is something we normally wouldn't do). So please help us raise the funds we need to help our daughter and to give her the best life possible. Thank you for taking the time to read our story and thank you so much in advanced for your donation, every little bit helps. Even if all you can do is forward this link to everyone you know we will forever be grateful. Sincerely, Kayla's Mommy