East Texas boy’s wish comes true thanks to Make-A-Wish
TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Two East Texas businesses partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant a wish to a 15-year-old East Texas boy this afternoon.
Alejandro Rivera and parents got to see the newly installed Turny automotive seat in their van. Alejandro has cerebral palsy and other conditions that make mobility a challenge.
“This is going to make life easier for both him and myself, and our nurses that interact with getting him in and out for our excursions and things,” said his father, Tony Rivera.
The donation was made possible through BraunAbility who makes the seat that comes out of the vehicle and American Lift Aids, the company that installs the chair into the vehicle.
“For us to be able to partner with Make-A-Wish Foundation and American Lift Aids it’s changing not just a day or a week, it’s changing not only Alejandro’s life today, tomorrow, but his family’s life for a long time to come,” said Matt Swope, Director of Sales with BraunAbility.
American Lift Aids worked with BraunAbility to get the chair donated which Sarah Morado with Make-A-Wish said saved the funds that would have gone toward Alejandro’s wish for another family.
“We’re so grateful to American Lift Aids and BraunAbility for wanting to be a part of this magic that’s going to keep on giving and it’s going to help us continue to serve more wish families and hopefully get to our goal of 300 for this year,” Morado said.
Alejandro’s dad said although he’s nonverbal, he could tell he was happy.
“Even him walking in toward the van felt like something special to him,” Rivera said. “To watch him inside himself be happy makes us happy, no doubt, as a family.”
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