Kimberly and Brad Moore built a custom wheelchair for their 7-month-old daughter, Evelyn, after deciding they couldn’t wait for one. They followed an online tutorial, and it cost them around $100.
At 4 months old, Evelyn had a spinal tumor and was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. This left her paralyzed below her arms; fortunately, she eventually went into remission.
The doctors told Kimberly and Brad to wait until Evelyn was 2 years old to be fitted for her own wheelchair. Evelyn’s parents didn’t want to wait, and now they have a speed bump in their home.
Evelyn is fearless in her wheelchair, according to her mom. The wheelchair is made from a cutting board, castor wheels, and a Bumbo chair. It didn’t take long for Evelyn to learn how to use it.
Pediatric oncologist Bev Wilson said that Evelyn is a joyful child. Evelyn constantly moves around, visiting nurses and saying hi to the other kids. She is like other kids but faster.
A few times a week, Evelyn is supported by a harness and walks on a treadmill. It has helped her improve her bladder control, strengthen her immune system, and slowly have more control of her lower body.
Kimberly and Brad work hard to ensure Evelyn has a normal childhood. They have many challenges, but Evelyn is happy and becoming healthier every day.