Help the Halls Haul- H³ Project for a wheelchair van
Team Member: Rita Hall
Laura Calhoun wrote -
Siblings Tifton (19) and Bethany (15) Hall were born with the rare genetic brain condition Delayed Myelin. Both require wheelchairs and are totally dependent on others for all of their daily needs.
Like most teenagers, Tifton and Bethany love to get out of the house to go riding, to the zoo, the mall or out for a fast food shake. When they were younger and smaller it was very doable but more recently Mom says “life has stalled” due to the limits and physical nature of moving them in and out of their minivan. Being teenagers and weighing as much as full size adults, it has become too difficult and dangerous to lift and transfer the children from their wheelchairs to the vehicle seats and back out again.
A simple trip to the zoo and back home requires 8 lifting transfers, 4 for each child. The process of getting both kids in and out of the van to leave, go to the zoo and return home is a 20 minute process, not including travel time and is physically exhausting.
As parents, Dawn and Scott feel guilty keeping them home; they both want them to get out more and do typical teenage things, but the physical strain of a non-wheelchair accessible van makes it too difficult . Finding funds after meeting their specialized medical needs on a single income is always a challenge and buying a wheelchair accessible van that meets their unique needs - impossible.
The good news is due to the support of family, community and several foundation grants, over $35,000 has already been raised for the H³ Project BUT an additional $11,000 is still needed to finish the customization of the van.
Please Help the Hall’s Haul their kids back out into the community. A wheelchair accessible van will enable Tifton and Bethany’s parents to simply roll them onto the ramp that lifts them into the van and get them back out and about like they want to be. And when you do see them, make sure to say hello.
Does this story sound familiar? You may remember reading about them in the Albany Herald in December of 2013, follow the link to learn more about the Hall family and their need for the van.
A big thank you to all that have already contributed as well as the Fragile Kids Foundation, The Ralph Braun Foundation and the United Healthcare Children’s Foundation Quail Country Customs and Albany Auto Service.