Fundraiser launched to buy wheelchair accessible van for disabled boy's family

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Lisa Vinson, and her son, Sean, share a very special bond.

They're together almost 24/7. That's because 11-year-old Sean depends on his mom for just about everything.

"I call him my Lovie. I'll say 'are you my Lovie?' And he'll say 'uh-huh,'" said Vinson.

Sean's difficulties began before he was even born, He had a stroke and several seizures inside the womb, causing permanent and lasting damage to his brain.

"He is totally diaper dependent," said Vinson. "He can stand up, but he doesn't stand up by himself. He can only stand up with a lot of support."

Therapists at Central Florida Clinic for Rehabilitation have been working with Sean since he was just two years old. They said he has made major improvements over the past nine years. However, he has still yet to walk, and they don't know if he ever will. 

"It was only over time that we found what his issues were as he went by milestones and didn't achieve them. And we're still working on goals reaching," Sean's mother said.

It wasn't until recently that they noticed just how much of a physical effect Sean's disability had on his mom. Wanting to do something to help, the clinic contacted St. Benedict's Knights of Columbus who have now started raising money to purchase Vinson a van with a wheelchair lift.

"This would be certainly one of the biggest undertakings we have ever tackled, and yet, I've got overwhelming support from our membership. So, it's all hands on deck to try to see what we can do to accomplish this goal," said Michael Clemmer, Head Knight with St. Benedicts Knights of Columbus.

The van is a simple but costly necessity that would make getting in and out of the car a little easier for both Sean and his mom.

"I'm vertically challenged, and with him getting bigger, it's getting harder," said Vinson. "So I can't tell you how much I appreciate the help."

While Sean's condition presents a long road of challenges ahead, Vinson said he surprises her daily.

She believes one day her son will walk, but in the meantime, it's the small things that help make life a little easier.