Trevor Stride Conne River, NL 1,038 Votes
When Trevor was born in 1990 he weighed just 1 lb, 12.5 oz. and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He had to be kept in hospital for five long months before he could go home to his family. During this time he had died in hospital and by a miracle of God was revived. Since then Trevor has undergone 13 surgeries to correct his misshapen body as he grew older. He had also undergone open heart surgery to repair damaged valves when he was only 3 days old. His father had to carry him 6 hours to the Janeway Children’s Hospital in St. John’s, Newfoundland several times each year until he was 20 years old.
He has been confined to a wheelchair since an early age. For the last 22 years Trevor’s father has had to lift him into vehicles by hand; his electric chair (and personal mobility) only goes if there is a truck to load it onto using two boards as a ramp. Most often, Trevor is left only with his manual chair which is folded into the back of the vehicle, meaning he has to rely on others to push him around. Bringing Trevor places was an easy task while he was smaller and his father was younger, but it is getting increasingly difficult as time passes to move him in and out of vehicles.
Trevor loves to attend church, go to the cabin, visit family, and participate in powwows that are scattered throughout Newfoundland. However, because of the challenges involved in bringing him places without a wheelchair accessible van, he is often unable to do these and other activities that he enjoys.
Getting a wheelchair accessible van would mean the world to Trevor because it would allow him to do the things he loves, but it would also make life a lot easier for those who care for him every day.
Please vote for me. Greatly appreciated.