Handicap Van for Kyle

$10,287 of $11k goal

Raised by 65 people in 40 months
Kelly Wilson Mules  GREENBACK, TN
You may have no idea how hard it is to ask for help. But if you have been following Kyle's journey you may have an idea how much I am willing to do to better his way of life and to learn an all new way for him to enjoy it! As most of you know Kyle was diagnosed with GBS in Sept. 2010. Kyle became suddenly paralyzed in just 12 short hours from this rare disorder changing everything in our lives in the blink of an eye.

Kyle is getting stronger everyday and we are learning all new ways to enjoy the things we love. He is still in a electric wheelchair unable to walk on his own. It is getting harder and harder to lift him in and out of the van we have because he a growing 14 year old boy and is getting heavier and taller everyday. It is very hard to lift him in and out of the van and my back is really starting to pay the price.

We have been lifting Kyle in and out of the van for almost 3 years now, unfolding a really heavy metal suitcase style ramp and setting it in place, then rolling his 350 lb. wheelchair up into the back, it barely fits, and then folding the heavy ramp back up and putting it back in the van, sometimes doing this several times a day...several times a week. In the rain it is even harder, the wheelchair slides on the ramp and won't go up leaving me to ask for help from strangers many times.

As any parent would do for their child I am trying to show Kyle he can still have lot of fun...we just have to learn how. Staying home and doing nothing isn't an option! I want Kyle to get out and do the things he loves in a all new way...that's how we ROLL! But many times we limit ourselves on what we do because transportation is always such an issue.

We have put off looking for a handicap van because of the cost and the truth is...I was hoping he would be able to walk again by now, but he is not and now I know it is time to get a handicap van for him and our family to use to make his life easier...and ours too.

With all the medical bills and life changing events our family has been through since Kyle got sick there is just no way we can afford a new handicap van at over 50K. It is all we can do to just make it each month... so we are trying to raise enough money to put towards a nice used handicap van. I believe God will make a way when there seems to be no way.

After much thought and prayer I decided to reach out to our community and friends once again and see if we can't make this happen. Thank you for all your support and prayers many of you have sent our way during this life changing journey we are on. Kyle has come a long way but we still have a long way to go.

I have set up this site so that if you would like to help by giving it is a easy way to do so but please don't feel obligated, and if you can't help right now that's ok. Maybe you can share this page with others or just pray with us about this need we have for a handicap van.

If you would like to mail a check you can send it to:
Kelly Mules
5627 J. Riley West Rd.
Greenback, Tennessee 37742
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Update 18
Posted by Kelly Mules
38 months ago
I just wanted to thank everyone who made it possible for us to get this handicap van for Kyle! We had a little trouble with the shipping company but it finally arrived safe and sound. Kyle just loves it and getting around is so much easier! We have been getting out a lot more since we got it and are hoping to go to Cades Cove and check out the Fall leaves soon in our new van! Even thinking of doing a few longer road trips as well.
Kyle's Handicap van!
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Update 17
Posted by Kelly Mules
39 months ago
$9, 582 Wow!!! This is $582 over our original goal of $9,000. I feel so blessed and loved. I am so excited to share with everyone that we bought a handicap van that we believe will be perfect for Kyle! It is being shipped up from Florida and will hopefully be here sometime this weekend. The van sort of just fell into place at the right time...and it had everything we were looking for. I will post photos when it arrives. This could not have happen without all your support. Thank you and God Bless everyone who helped by praying, sharing and giving! Kelly
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Update 16
Posted by Kelly Mules
39 months ago
Quick update: We may have located a handicap van in Florida that would work perfect for Kyle's needs! We have to check into shipping cost, try to make the $$$ work out and a few other things. I will let you know what happens!
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Update 15
Posted by Kelly Mules
39 months ago
We are still collecting donations even though we have met our original goal of $9000 to help cover all the extra cost we didn't consider when we started this search and still hoping we can find a nice van we can afford. We are seriously searching, trying to find the right van in our price range. Even the older used handicap vans are very expensive. If we find a van out of state and it has to be shipped to us cost around $500 or more, getting an EZ lock system attached to the bottom of Kyle's electric wheelchair so he can lock into place in the van cost $400. The EZ lock system itself that mounts in the van cost $2000. A lot to consider and has to fall into place that we didn't even think about at first... but we are looking and talking to people everyday finding out just what we need! Thank you again for all the generous donations, suggestions and prayers, I will keep you updated in our search!
Kyle and Hobbit
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$10,287 of $11k goal

Raised by 65 people in 40 months
Created August 14, 2013
Kelly Wilson Mules  
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