DIY has become the way things are done these days, from apps such as Pintrest to Instructables, but besides the home-made wooden ring made for a loved one, a mum, Kim Moore, became the pride and joy for what she made for her 4-month-old daughter, Evelyn Moore.
Evelyn was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer that grows in the spine from the time the baby is a fetus or embryo.
With no other option but to put her child through close to 10 sessions of chemotherapy, Evelyn’s cancer resulted in making her completely paralyzed all the way below her arms from her torso. Her family bemoaned to see Evelyn the way she is, but after struggling and fighting those tears with strength for their girl, Kim decided to do something about it.
Ignoring the doctors’ suggestions for Evelyn, which were to ‘army-crawl’ around using only her arms by propping the rest of her body up, or get a wheelchair, Kim, decided to become innovative with that advice. So after doing some research and to no avail, she discovered the solution to her daughter’s problem, on the one and only, Pintrest!
Scrapping together a few tools, such as a Bumbo floor set, i.e. infant sitting chairs, kitchen cutting boards and wheels from an old bike, Evelyn’s parents pieced them all together to make a special personalized wheel-chair for Evelyn after one night of labor and 100 bucks. This proved to be more comfortable and of course more special to Evelyn, than a $1000 wheelchair from a store or medical facility.
In time, Evelyn quickly adapted to moving the chair and has learned how to move it backwards and forwards and even make turns to slow down for speed bumps or obstacles in her way. With her parents unfaltering support and strength, Evelyn has roamed in her chair around the house and will soon be able to roam the streets on it too.