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Alexis and Zamaria are two sisters who like to be on the go! Most days, they don’t care where they go, as long as they go somewhere. They love the grocery store, Wal-Mart, Target, the library, and church. They also enjoy being involved in the community and like to attend special events such as Easter egg hunts, carnivals, living history museums, cultural festivals and more. Any chance to go - and they are ready! A new double wheelchair would help them remain active in the community. Both girls use wheelchairs and are unable to walk. Their single mom does her best to take them everywhere possible but sometimes, with two wheelchairs that is hard. They have most outings down to an art when the surface is paved. However, outdoor events, walks in the neighborhood, and community events are difficult. Imagine pushing not one, but two wheelchairs through a muddy field just so your children can participate in an Easter egg hunt - some days it just is not possible. Try pushing two wheelchairs on the neighborhood side walk - there isn’t room thus, if we take walks we have to walk in the street. This new chair will make the continuation of these outings possible for the girls and will allow them to continue living life to the fullest.
Alexis is 14 years old. She has cerebral palsy and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, a rare progressive, life limiting form of epilepsy. Alexis is non-verbal but her facial expressions say all that is needed. Alexis spent 4 years with her biological family until the state stepped in and saved her from a life of neglect and possible abuse. She then lived in a Children’s hospital for 2 years until she met her forever mom at the age of 6. Finally when Alexis was 8 her adoption was finalized and she no longer had to wonder about the future. She is secure, happy, and social.
Zamaria is 9 years old. Zamaria has cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, and chronic lung disease. She was taken into state custody shortly after birth and spent 4 years living in a Children’s hospital. She was then able to leave the hospital and move into a foster home for 2 years. At the age of 6 she joined Rachel and Alexis and became a part of the forever family. Zamaria is full of spunk. She tells everyone what she thinks and is always eager to share a giant smile and wave.
Their mom, Rachel, made a commitment to the girls when they were adopted that she would do all she could to help both girls live life to the fullest. Their conditions often limit what they can do and may eventually limit their life. However, Rachel has committed to giving them a meaningful childhood filled with as many life experiences as possible. As the girls continue to grow, that becomes more difficult. However, Rachel will not allow the challenges to keep the girls from living life. This wheelchair will help Rachel continue to fulfill the commitment she made to the girls. It will allow them to continue their busy and active lifestyle. It will also give Rachel the opportunity to start exercising by taking simple walks through the neighborhood with the girls.
The family finds it difficult to ask for help. However, they are also well aware that Alexis and Zamaria have blessed many many people. They are often asked, what to the girls need/want. If you are looking for a way to bless the family, this would be something that would be extremely meaningful to all 3 members (Oakley the service dog would also love the additional walks). Please do not feel obligated. Rachel is determined to find a way to purchase this chair - even if it takes a year of saving. However, she also knows so many people love the family and enjoy seeing the girls out and about that she would like to invite others who want to be a part of providing this gift to the girls.
This wheelchair has been specially designed for the girls and their needs but unfortunately is not covered by insurance. The company designed it and made it as cost efficient and inexpensive as possible while still including the customizations each girl needs. The girls will be able to sit side by side in a wheelchair that will meet their needs, be easy to push, and will fit them into adulthood. The girls would still maintain their individual wheelchairs for school and events when they are not together. However, the double wheelchair would make family outings and events easier. The light weight and foldability of the chair would allow it to go almost anywhere.
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