Many of us take tasks like walking up and down the stairs for granted, but for 13-year-old Kristian Booker and his grandmother, Vinita, it’s been quite the challenge.
Kristian has cerebral palsy and gets around in a motorized wheelchair. Unfortunately, the St. Louis, Missouri home he and Vinita (better known as “G-Ma”) share isn’t wheelchair accessible, so G-Ma has to carry her grandson up and down the stairs every day when they leave the house.
Despite these difficulties, G-Ma loves having her grandson around and wouldn’t have it any other way. “Every day I look at him, he’s a joy,” she said. “He’s happy. I’m happy to be able to be the one to take care of him.
Still, she needed a better way to get Kristian in and out of the house. Not only was she carrying his full weight, but she was lugging his heavy wheelchair up and down the stairs as well. She risked injuring herself or Kristian, and she worried what they’d do in an emergency situation. That’s where their community stepped up in an amazing way.
KSDK News shared the Bookers’ story in November 2018, asking for the public’s helping in raising money for a wheelchair ramp. It wasn’t long before calls and donations came flooding in.
A GoFundMe campaign was set up for the family soon after, raising over $18,000 for a wheelchair ramp. But the generosity didn’t end there. The family’s struggles also caught the attention of Paric Construction company, who offered to build the entire ramp for free. That means G-Ma can use the donations for Kristian in other ways, including buying a walk-in bathtub.
“This is such a godsend,” G-Ma said. Indeed, it is. Now she and her grandson’s daily lives will get so much easier, and it’s all thanks to everyone who pitched in to help. Learn more about how the community rallied together for the Bookers in the video below. Share to inspire other acts of kindness.
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