JUNIOR Price can take his pet dog Gia for a walk again after receiving a specialist wheelchair from the Steve Morgan Foundation.
The 12-year-old has a rare genetic, neurodegenerative movement disorder called Friedreich’s ataxia (FRDA), which is characterised by a gradual loss of coordination.
Junior, who lives with his mum Natalie and sisters Macey, 17, and Keira, 11, in Huyton, Liverpool, also has a curvature of the spine, a heart condition called cardiomyopathy and needs a ventilator to sleep at night.
It left him too exhausted to push his wheelchair for more than a couple of minutes.
“However, his manual wheelchair was regularly getting stuck in the grass or in the sand so rather than get involved Junior was watching from a distance. It was heart-breaking.”
The family was told that his life could be transformed with a DaVinci Leggara wheelchair with an electric powered front wheel attachment from Liverpool-based DaVinci Mobility, but they couldn’t afford the near £7,000 price tag.
After the Steve Morgan Foundation stepped in to meet the cost through their Enable Fund, Junior took delivery of his new wheelchair.
Natalie said: “We’ll never forget the generosity of the Steve Morgan Foundation. Junior has been out on his new wheelchair every single day with his dog. It’s given him a new lease of life and he’s smiling again.
“There’s no cure for his condition and I just want him to enjoy every day and smile again. The DaVinci wheelchair allows him to do that.”
Steve Morgan CBE, who founded the Steve Morgan Foundation in 2001, said: “It’s lovely to know what a difference the new wheelchair has made to Junior’s life and that he’s able to get out and about with his dog and his pals. This will have a positive impact on his confidence and wellbeing and will avoid him becoming socially isolated.”
- The Steve Morgan Foundation’s Enable Fund supports people of all ages in financial hardship, who are in need of specialised equipment, including mobility aids, wheelchairs, buggies, wheelchairs and trikes.