Neighbors to restore boy's wheelchair

March 5, 2009 3:01:36 PM PST
Nine-year-old Brandon Ward was fitted for a new walker Thursday afternoon, thanks to the generosity of a Bayonne foundation aimed at helping those who suffer from hydrodephalus. Brandon copes with cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus. He depends on both a walker and a specially-built wheelchair to get around.

Brandon's mother Pat Ward loads the wheelchair and the walker into the family car, and then she goes back into the house to get Brandon. On Wednesday, when she returned to the car both the walker and the wheel chair had been stolen.

To make sure Brandon got to school Thursday Pat Ward had to carry her son to the car and then into the school.

The theft caught the attention of Kim Illion. Her own 3-year- old son Cole has hydrocephalus. The foundation the family started several months ago, immediately began raising the money to replace Brandon's chair and walker.

Pat Ward told Eyewitness News reporter Toni Yates that she is very grateful for all the support.

Brandon's wheel chair remains missing. It cost $5,000. If it does not turn up Pat Ward hopes the generosity of others will cover the cost of helping Brandon become mobile again.

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