On Thursday, the Palm family in Pennsylvania got a new set of wheels: accessible wheels that is.
From doctors appointments to school activities and family adventures, transportation has always been a challenge for the Palm family. Brothers Ryan (13) and Jack (11) are both impacted by Duchenne muscular dystrophy and have transitioned into bulky power chairs.
“We needed a vehicle that would fit two wheelchairs and a family of six. I have two other teenage children and one of our daughters is nonverbal autistic,” said Lisa Palm, Ryan and Jack’s mom. “It was impossible to go places as a family at one time because there was not enough room to fit safely in our old van.”
Before the arrival of their new van, the boys would be lifted up and out of their scooters and into the car. A hard and physically taxing task on both the parents and the boys. Their scooters would then need to be disassembled to fit into the back of the van… just to be reassembled again when they got to their destination.
With the help of their community, family, and friends, the Palms have fundraised for half of the cost of their van. Jett Foundation has come in to match their efforts through the Jett Giving Fund and the generosity of sponsors and donors to the fund.
“Duchenne has taken a huge emotional toll on the boys as they lose their independence and mobility,” said Palm. “This van is going to make a huge difference in our lives.”
To learn more about our Jett Giving Fund program, or to become a sponsor or donor, please visit www.jettfoundation.org/jett-giving-fund.