Donations help Sevier Co. family buy wheelchair-accessible van

Donations help Sevier County family buy wheelchair-accessible van

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A Sevier County family was able to buy a wheelchair-accessible van thanks to donations of more than $10,000 and a generous 6 News viewer. (source: Smoky Mountain Opry) A Sevier County family was able to buy a wheelchair-accessible van thanks to donations of more than $10,000 and a generous 6 News viewer. (source: Smoky Mountain Opry)

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - A Sevier County family was able to buy a wheelchair-accessible van thanks to donations of more than $10,000 and a generous 6 News viewer.

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 previously had a 2000 Ford Astro van, which had a long list of problems.

The family said they needed to raise $10,000 for a used van to help transport MaKayla.

That's why the Smoky Mountain Opry stepped in. Show-goers purchased candles, and proceeds from the sales went toward MaKayla and her family.

Opry officials were able to present the family with a check for over $9,000. Several thousand more dollars were raised through online donations.

The used van was purchased from a man who saw the Glenns' story on 6 News. He said his wife is dying and no longer needed the van.

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