A few weeks ago I was in Vineland and went to see my cousin Lisa who has cerebral palsy and is wheel chair bound. When I got there, I knocked on the door and my aunt Elsie answered the door. When speaking to my aunt, I could hear Lisa screaming from the kitchen. It's amazing how she remembers my voice after months of not seeing her. When I go to the kitchen I see Lisa and she immediately goes into a small seizure because she gets so excited. I am not going to lie; I get just as excited when I see her. This is a girl that was not supposed to live past her teens but is now going to be 40 years old. Those who have the pleasure of knowing Lisa have probably felt how I feel when I see her. She makes me feel loved, happy, and grateful. Lisa gives you this smile and scream that just makes you melt inside. How can someone that has lived her whole life disabled be so happy? I know it's because she has so many people in her life that love her so much. My aunt and uncle have cared for Lisa all her life and it shows. My cousins Maggie and Mayra have also been a blessing to my cousin Lisa. I know Lisa will always be taken care of and I am sure she feels the same way.
While visiting Lisa, she asked me to pick her up the next day to take her to my mom's house to see everyone. With no hesitation I told her the time I would be picking her up. The next day I went back to pick Lisa up and saw firsthand how difficult it is to transport her. I am a pretty big guy and I found it a little difficult to pick Lisa up from her wheelchair to put her in the car. I could not imagine my aunt and cousins having to do this. Then you have to put the heavy wheel chair in the car and this was not an easy task. Then when we arrived to my mom's I had to do it all over again. All I can see is someone tripping while having Lisa in their arms and hurting themselves or Lisa.
So I asked my aunt why she doesn't get a van with a lift. She informed me that they are too expensive and she is unable to afford it. As she told me this I felt a sense of sadness come from her voice. I then asked Lisa what she thought about getting a van with a lift. Well I got my answer with a scream and a small seizure. At this time I knew what I needed to do. I needed to reach out to all of Lisa's friends and family to help make Lisa's and my aunt's life easier. This is why my family and I decided we have a fundraiser to benefit a beautiful person who is my cousin, Lisa:.