A couple have built their paralyzed daughter a homemade wheelchair, and it’s one of the coolest things you’ll ever see!
At just four months, Evelyn Moore’s parents discovered a lump on her spine. They took her to see a doctor, and the lump was eventually diagnosed as a stage four neuroblastoma tumour. Poor Evelyn had to go through 8 rounds of chemotherapy, but the good news was that she survived the cancer. But, at a cost. Doctors discovered that Evelyn was paralyzed from the torso down and would never walk.
On hearing the news, mum Kim said, “You go home and you cry and you come back the next day and you be the strongest mum and dad you can ever be because you have no other option.”
The couple were determined to make Evelyn’s childhood as normal as possible, so they decided to built her a bespoke wheelchair so that she can roam and play like any other child of her age.
Kim said, “I was on Pinterest and I found a really cool wheelchair. I showed it to my husband and asked him if he could build it and we went to Canadian Tire and just grabbed a whole bunch of pieces.”
They managed to craft the chair out of just a kitchen cutting board, a Bumbo chair and wheels from a child’s bike, and all for less that $100! But, as Kim explains, it took a bit of getting used to:
“She went backwards first, then she went forwards, then she figured out how to turn and we now have a speed bump in the middle of our living room because she just goes that fast.”
Dad, Brad, added:
“The willpower that she has, and how adaptable she is to her situation, is something I never really expected. And how quickly she’s grasping it has really blown me away… nothing can stop her.”