Ac­ces­si­ble van game changer for young fam­ily

Bay Roberts busi­ness com­mu­nity pitches in over­whelm­ingly on $40K ve­hi­cle

The Compass - - News - TC ME­DIA ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The Tucker fam­ily in Bay Roberts has a lot to be thank­ful for these days, as the gen­eros­ity of others is mak­ing their life a bit eas­ier.

Har­ris and Lisa Tucker’s three­year-old daugh­ter Lau­ren is di­ag­nosed with cere­bral palsy. In or­der to at­tend fre­quent med­i­cal ap­point­ments at the Janeway Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in St. John’s, the Tuck­ers need a wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble van. These spe­cial­ized ve­hi­cles cost tens-of-thou­sands of dol­lars.

Now, the Tuck­ers have a 2015 wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble Dodge Car­a­van. The Pres­i­dent’s Choice Chil­dren’s Char­ity cov­ered ap­prox­i­mately half its cost through a $20,000 do­na­tion, and other lo­cal busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als pitched in with the rest. Ac­cord­ing to Lisa, they man­aged to sur­pass the goal of rais­ing an ad­di­tional $20,000, mean­ing the Tuck­ers can also cover reg­is­tra­tion and in­sur­ance for the van and pur­chase mo­bil­ity aids and costly phys­io­ther­apy equip­ment.

“Thank you seems in­suf­fi­cient, but from the bot­tom of our hearts, we re­al­ize the bless­ing it is to be part of such a com­pas­sion­ate com­mu­nity of fam­ily, friends and yes, even strangers who have banded to­gether in sup­port of our fam­ily,” Lisa told The Com­pass in an email, not­ing too the whole ex­pe­ri­ence brings to mind the African proverb, “It takes a vil­lage to raise a child.”

“Alone, our van would still be a dream,” she said. “Be­cause of Lau­ren’s vil­lage’s in­vest­ment in rais­ing a child, the African proverb came true, once again, and the dream has be­come an amaz­ing re­al­ity!”

“Thank you seems in­suf­fi­cient, but from the bot­tom of our hearts, we re­al­ize the bless­ing it is to be part of such a com­pas­sion­ate com­mu­nity of fam­ily, friends and yes, even strangers who have banded to­gether in sup­port of our fam­ily.”

— Lisa Tucker

A new ac­ces­si­ble van was pur­chased for the Tucker fam­ily in Bay Roberts with gen­er­ous sup­port from the Pres­i­dent’s Choice Chil­dren’s Char­ity.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Lisa Tucker with her three-year-old daugh­ter Lau­ren, who is di­ag­nosed with cere­bral palsy.

A sticker shows what got this van pur­chased in the first place.

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