Ignatius Ehlinger Front Royal, VA 2,424 Votes
Hi my name is Joan Abruzzo. My nephew, Ignatius Ehlinger, is 9 years old and was born with cerebellar agenesis. He is missing his cerebellum which controls fine motor, speech, and balance. He uses a wheelchair and his family is in need of a handicapped van. Their 2001 van is not accessible and Ignatius’ wheelchair is very heavy to lift. My sister has hurt her elbow several times lifting the wheelchair in and out of the van. There vans sliding doors are now not working and she has to lift him through the front doors. They are in desperate need of an accessible van. I am trying to raise funds to purchase a new accessible van for them or at least to make a down payment on an accessible van but it will probably take me 5 years to do it. Ignatius’ family is well deserving. They are very supportive of their community and help other families with handicapped children. My sister is always helping with fundraisers for other families and groups, especially Challengers baseball and Special Olympics, where both her sons are able to participate. I will, and I know my sister would appreciate the support. Please vote for my nephew. We would love for him to be able to continue all his activities Thank you for your time, patience, and vote. God Bless and my prayers are with all the contestants and all the sponsors of this contest.