All one-year-old Honor Tinsley wants
to do is play on the playground like all the other kids but she can't because
the park is not wheelchair accessible.
The East Texas News talked with a group of Huntington high school students who are determined to make
the Huntington park a place where Honor and other kids like her can play.
"She made me want to
change the world for her," said Lauren Tinsley, Honor's mom. "It's really amazing
to see a community come together. It's like everybody is pulling together not
just for her but for kids like her."
One-year-old Honor has
spina bifida and spends most of her time wheeling around in her hot pink
wheelchair but one place she can't get around is the Huntington City Park and
now with the help of the Destination Imagination Project Outreach Team - Rising Up
for Honor that's going to change.
"We noticed that in
our park, there are no wheelchair accessible playground equipment," said Huntington High School 9th grader, Barrett Duncan. "There's
playground equipment all over our park that able bodied children are able to
The Huntington High School
students are hosting a series of fundraiser's to purchase wheelchair accessible
playground equipment because we all deserve the chance to play.
"She deserves a
chance to play too," said Tinsley.
"It's not fair they
just get to sit and watch and kind of be upset because they can't do what they
want - what everyone else is doing," said Duncan.
"That's my hope for
her that one day she will be able to go to the park and play like everybody
else and there will be stuff for her to do just like for all the other kids
just like the able-bodied kids," said Tinsley. "It just took one
little girl wanting to make a change."
The Rising Up for Honor team has already raised $1,700 of
the nearly $2,200 they need to purchase, ship and install a wheelchair-accessible swing.
You can be a part of the cause as well:
The Walk and Roll 5K is scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2014. It's $25 for participants plus there is a wheelchair route that's free. The 5K starts at the Huntington City Park and there are events and fun for all ages.
Rising Up for Honor t-shirts are for sale and Huntington ISD schools are hosting a coin drive.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:48 GMT
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