Help Zachary and Samantha

My name is Cheryl Tuttle. I am grandmother to two very special children who have multiple medical issues. (My son has written a note describing their issues and their challenges which will follow this comment. ) Currently, their biggest need is a van/vehicle which is fitted for two wheelchairs.  Not only are their wheelchairs very heavy, the two children are also becoming more and more challenging to lift.   Because of their medical issues, safety is a very important factor. I hope you can help provide Zachary and Sam with a van for their wheelchairs.
Here is a note written by the children's father:
"My name is Jason Tuttle. I am the proud father of two wonderful children with multiple special needs. My family and I live day-to-day with challenges and obstacles most people take for granted.  To give you an understanding of our life, let me give some insight regarding their issues.  Zachary (10) was born with a rare condition called Eagle -Barrette Syndrome (a.k.a. Prune Belly),  Severe Neurological Developmental Delays, Epilepsy/ Seizures, Nonverbal and uses a wheelchair.  Samantha (8) was born with Moderate to Severe Neurological Developmental Delays, Epilepsy/Seizures, Nonverbal and also uses a wheelchair.. As you can imagine, our life gets very crazy with many doctor visits, school special education meetings and therapies.
I am writing to ask for assistance in providing a handicapped-accessible van for our children.  Anything labeled "special needs" or "adaptive" also comes with significant increase in cost because each child's needs are different.  For example, a regular car seat costs about $100-300 whereas a car seat for special needs children starts around $1,000 and increases.  My wife and I both work an hourly job.  In a normal situation , we would be fine; but in this situation, we struggle. We make ends meet, but we now need items beyond our income/price range which insurance does not support.  
(1)Our biggest need is a car or van with a rear wheelchair lift that fits two wheelchairs. 
(2) An adaptive wench to lift the kids in and out of bed and bath.  Each child is 60+ pounds.
If there is anyway any of you could help, we would greatly appreciate your assistance. The costs of these items far exceed our income."
PS: Our son Zachary is a 2013 Bert's Big Adventure recipient. If you want to see him, go to www.bertsbigadventure.org and go to the 2013 kids.

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Organizer and beneficiary

Cheryl Tuttle 
Organizer
Sharpsburg, GA
Jason Tuttle 
Beneficiary
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