Jett Giving Fund Helps Tennessee Mom Fighting Breast Cancer Purchase Accessible Van for Teenage Son Living with Duchenne

Misty, Nolan, and their new accessible van.

Misty, Nolan, and their new accessible van.

CHATTANOOGA, TN - January 28, 2018 - Today we helped a family from Chattanooga, Tennessee purchase an accessible van through our financial assistance program, the Jett Giving Fund.

Nolan, a 14-year-old with Duchenne and his mom, Misty, have raised half the funds needed for his $35,000 accessible van through their First Giving Page and through the generosity of the Chattanooga Civitan Children’s Foundation. Jett Foundation is matching the remaining 50 percent to purchase the van for the family. 

Soon after Nolan and mom Misty found out their family would get the life-changing van they needed through the Jett Giving Fund program, Misty learned the devastating news: she has breast cancer.

“Every morning, I take Nolan to school. I get him out of his chair and into the car. Then I have to load up the scooter trailer attached to our car with his chair. With my breast cancer diagnosis, I cannot lift,” says Misty Swafford. “So, what do I do? My 19-year-old daughter has been helping by getting Nolan into the car and when we get to the school, the principal comes out to the car to help lift him out for me.”

Nolan testing out the van's ramp.

Nolan testing out the van's ramp.

Health insurance often won’t cover all specialized medical and accessibility equipment such as scooters, shower chairs, ramps, rotational medical beds, platform lifts, and handicap accessible vans; items needed when suffering from a progressive muscle-wasting disorder. Without this equipment, those with Duchenne struggle to participate in the kinds of activities that most people take for granted, such as going to and from doctor’s appointments, navigating the hallways at school, and going to the mall with friends.

"I won't have to lift him anymore. I will be able to just push a button, the ramp will come down, Nolan will roll up, and I'll strap him in. A 30 minute process will become a five minute process. Nolan won't be discouraged from going places anymore," Misty said when asked how this van will transform their daily lives.

Launched last year, the Jett Giving Fund has helped transform lives of countless families across the country. To learn more about Jett Giving Fund or to become a sponsor, please visit: www.jettfoundation.org/jett-giving-fund.