A VAN FOR KATIE

Let's get a van for Katie!!

This past spring, I entered my sister Heather and her daughter Katie into the Local Hero Contest Sponsored by the NMEDA, to win a wheel-chair accessible van for her family. We were met with overwhelming support from friends, family and strangers alike and were fortunate enough to make into the finals. Although we were not chosen to receive the van, I am grateful for all of the support we received and would like to call on you again for help.

Following the outcome of the contest, many of our supporters suggested that I organize a fundraiser to raise many to get a van for Katie, so that is what I would like to do for the following reasons:

As Katie continues to grow, so do her mobility challenges. She is now nine years old, nearly four feet tall and 100% dependent. Transferring her from her wheel chair to a conventional vehicle has become increasingly difficult for Katie as well as her Mother. She must be lifted from her chair into her restraint seat then her wheelchair must also be lifted into the van. Please keep in mind that this is no ordinary wheel chair. It includes a five-point harness and leg restraint systems, it does not collapse and weighs upwards of forty pounds.

In addition, the condition of Katie's current vehicle is not ideal. The Van has high mileage and requires a lot of maintenance to keep it in working order. Also, the air conditioning is no longer working properly and -- as is the plight of most family's with severely handicapped children -- the family cannot afford to have it repaired. This would not generally be an issue, but extensive heat adversely affects Katie's epilepsy and could bring on seizure.
Please know that I would not ask if I did not truly feel the need existed. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. I will be matching 5% of everyone's donation with my own money. This family deserves a reliable accessible vehicle to safely transport this beautiful child to and from her many doctors, therapists and foundations.
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Organizer

Robin Key 
Organizer
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