Boy, 7, getting the gift of mobility this Christmas - Metro US

Boy, 7, getting the gift of mobility this Christmas

A Calgary mother and her son were given an early Christmas gift that will change their lives.

Amanda McNeil and her seven-year-old son, Joey Rehberg, were in a car accident in 2005 that left Joey in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

McNeil could not afford a motorized wheelchair, but was concerned about her young son being forced to constantly use his own strength to get around. She began a desperate search for a proper wheelchair.

“I just want my son to be able to get around. If he is tired he has no choice but to use his arms. He’s only seven,” she said.

MediChair Calgary immediately pledged to help McNeil and her son when she called the organization last week and just Wednesday she received the motorized chair to let her son open Christmas Day.

“This has changed our lives and will definitely be the best thing that has happened to him since the accident. It’s amazing what they did for us; I can’t express how grateful we are.”

On behalf of MediChair, Dave Thompson said the organization believes in quality over quantity.

“We knew the situation and we really just try to do as much as we can to help out,” he said.

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