Disabled family in desperate need of wheelchair van

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LOVELAND, Colo. -- A wheelchair bound mom, her two special needs kids and their live-in aide won’t be leaving their house this weekend and it’s not because of the snow.

Their wheelchair accessible van was totaled in an accident.

Melody Fahrenbruch doesn’t need any more challenges. The 31-year-old was born with cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. She adopted 12-year-old Felicity, who was born with fetal alcohol syndrome and 10-year-old Kayla, who has cystic fibrosis.

"It`s been really hectic. We`ve been  missing out on a lot of appointments. My daughter Kayla has been missing her therapy, my other daughter Felicity has been missing all of her after-school activities,” said Fahrenburch.

Their aide Tonya Martin, who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, totaled the van January 25. 

Martin says she rear-ended a car that suddenly stopped after hitting a deer in the 300 block of South 29th Street in Loveland.

"I`m thankful the kids are okay, my service dog is okay, and I`m really grateful that Melody wasn`t in the car with me, but we`re still stuck here (in the apartment),” said Martin.  Martin’s auto insurance sent her a check for $7,900 but Martin and Fahrenbruch say a used wheelchair accessible van is generally twice that amount.

The family’s biggest challenge is getting to Children’s Hospital in Aurora every other week for Kayla’s appointments at the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic.

This week the family rented a car for a $160 to make the 120-mile round trip.

“Eventually I`m not going to be able to rent a car at all  and then I don`t know what I`ll do,” said Fahrenbruch.

The kids have already  missed dental appointments and Kayla has missed some of her mental health therapy sessions. “When she doesn`t have that it`s really very hard on her (Kayla) she really needs that outlet,” said Fahrenbruch.

The family has set up a GoFundMe account for anyone who wants to donate towards a new wheelchair accessible van.



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