Sevier County family needs new wheelchair accessible van

Sevier County family needs new wheelchair accessible van

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MaKayla Glenn, 8, was born with cerebral palsy. She has always been in a wheelchair, and her family says as she has gotten older it has become difficult to transport her. MaKayla Glenn, 8, was born with cerebral palsy. She has always been in a wheelchair, and her family says as she has gotten older it has become difficult to transport her.
"It's important because she's getting bigger and heavier to lift," said MaKayla's mother Ginger Glenn. "It's hard to transport a wheelchair in a car." "It's important because she's getting bigger and heavier to lift," said MaKayla's mother Ginger Glenn. "It's hard to transport a wheelchair in a car."
Their current van's problems include no air or heat, no working taillights, and a water leak which is causing mold. MaKayla is also outgrowing this van. Their current van's problems include no air or heat, no working taillights, and a water leak which is causing mold. MaKayla is also outgrowing this van.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - A Sevier County family is asking for your help to give their little girl a new way to get around.     

MaKayla Glenn, 8, was born with cerebral palsy. She has always been in a wheelchair, and her family says as she has gotten older it has become difficult to transport her.

The family currently has a 2000 Ford Astro van, which has a long list of problems. The family is hoping the community can help them get some new wheels.

MaKayla is a pretty special young woman. Her older brother loves her a lot.

"She likes when I get down on the floor with her," said MaKayla's brother Michael Glenn. "She likes to hug me."    

Over the years, it has been more difficult to get MaKayla where she needs to go.

The family is desperate to get a new wheelchair accessible van.

"It's important because she's getting bigger and heavier to lift," said MaKayla's mother Ginger Glenn. "It's hard to transport a wheelchair in a car."    

Their current van's problems include no air or heat, no working taillights, and a water leak which is causing mold.     

MaKayla is also outgrowing this van.

Since the family does not have the money for a new van, they have gone online to get help

"I never thought about doing an online campaign, except I was on Facebook one day, and found Gofundme," said Ginger Glenn. "I thought that was something we could do."    

They are trying to raise at least $10,000 for a used van. A new van would be more than $40,000.     

MaKayla's family is praying the community will see their need and help make her life much more easy.

"I started it in September," said Ginger Glenn. "I had secretly hoped to have it by Christmas, so it would be a Christmas miracle for that to happen."

MaKayla is on Medicaid, but beyond paying for her medical care and wheelchair there is no funding for a wheelchair accessible van.         

The family has already raised close to $3,000 with their online campaign.        

To make a donation for a new van for MaKayla click here.

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