A family’s quest to get a vehicle for their wheelchair bound daughter


HERRIMAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Hailey Walters was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at a young age.  The family struggles getting her into their vehicle because it’s not wheelchair accessible.

Nine-year-old Hailey Walters, wants to be a lot of things when she grows up.

“I’d like to be a lot of things, I’d like to be a teacher, a mom, a firefighter, and a doctor,” said Hailey Walters.

But, today she’s a singer.

“Let it go! Let it go! Can’t hold it back anymore,” sang Hailey.

Early in the Hailey’s life, the Walters family were given a life altering diagnosis.

“Hailey was born early and she was in the NICU for a little over two months, and while she was in the NICU there was a medical accident in the hosiptal, and the accident caused the Cerebral Palsy,” said Hailey mother Kristy Walters.

Currently, the family struggles getting Hailey into their car, which is not accommodating for her motorized wheelchair.

“She already has enough challenges in her life and this vehicle would allow her to have a little more simplicity in her life,” she said.

And today, she got to see the car she hopes will soon be hers.

“I can’t wait!” Hailey enthusiastically said.

Kristy hopes by getting Hailey this special vehicle she can become more self-reliant.

“As children get older they grow into their own independence.  They gain independence and I think she loses out on that a little bit because of her inability to do the most simplest things,” Kristy expressed.

However, the vehicle – the MV-1 – that they need, is very costly.  It come to the tune of $43,000.00.  Even though the family has gotten help from friends and family, they are still far away from their goal.

“I look at Hailey and I look at her determination to live – to have a life and do things that she wants to do in life, and I look at that determination and she inspires me,” Kristy said as tears ran down her cheek.

And it’s this determination the family thrives off of to get her the car she deserves.

If you’d like to help the Walters family, you can visit gofundme.com/obneuw.  You can also find the link on the right hand side of this story.


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