Wheelchair van for Jack & Luke

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Mom works as a teacher in NC and has had a 1% increase in pay in 6 years, the father stays home to care for the two boys. The boys have seizures and need 100% care at all times. Taking the boys to their weekly appointment is hard because both kids have to be lifted into the car and both wheelchairs have to be broken down 100%. Once they get to their destination both chairs have to be put back together again.

If we help this family get the wheelchair van needed they can just push the boys into the van, PLEASE help!

Jack and Luke are two brothers, just 6 and 5. They were both born with the same extremely rare genetic mutation.

Jack and Luke require total care. They don't sit up on their own. They don't walk.  They're non-verbal. They don't communicate their wants and needs, which can be difficult.

However, the boys' disabilities haven't stopped the Mills family.

"We try to give them as a normal life as much as possible, and we want to take them to the zoo, and take them to the park," said Arden.

Experiencing those simple joys, along with the weekly trips to the doctor and therapy, plus with school, are getting tougher. It's a huge feat for mom and dad -- Arden and Adam -- to just get the family out of their home.

When going out, Adam starts with getting Jack to the car, which is a struggle since he's more than 50 pounds. It involves getting Jack out of his wheelchair and into a car seat.

"They're just getting bigger and bigger and bigger, and I'm getting older and older and older, and we just want to continue the best we can, and we need help. We need help," said Adam.

The family needs help getting a new vehicle. The vehicle they have now just no longer is big enough.

"It's like playing Tetris," said Adam about trying to fit everything inside their vehicle.

It's a puzzle trying to figure out how to fit two wheelchairs in the back. Both have to be broken down small enough so both fit, and in reality not even all the parts make it.

Once the two wheelchairs are in, Luke is still waiting patiently. He's still small enough to be carried out and put into his car seat, but mom and dad both worry how much longer they can keep carrying the boys.

"It's definitely something," said Adam. "It's always on my mind and kind of weighs on my heart."

A wheelchair accessible van would just mean the world -- freedom. Freedom for both of the boys to be able to experience life just a little but like typical kid.

The accessible van would mean, instead of breaking down each wheelchair and putting Jack and Luke in their car seats, both boys could just be wheeled into the van, without ever leaving their wheelchairs.

Wheelchair accessible vans are expensive, especially in this case, because the van not only has to be equipped to handle one wheelchair but two.

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Adam Mills 
Durham, NC

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