CORBIN, Ky. (WKYT) - On Sunday, life got a little easier for a southern Kentucky boy with cerebral palsy thanks to help from his church and community.
Sometimes it's the simple things we take for granted---the simple notion of climbing in and out of the car--- but that very task has posed many problems over the past two years for a 12-year-old boy and his grandmother Gwenn.
“Hunter doesn't move all that fast and trying to motivate getting up on a stool and then climb up into the truck and into the seat was difficult,” Gwenn Moore said.
Moore has been taking care of Hunter for the past two years but has had a hard time transporting him around with her truck that isn’t handicap-accessible.
Recently one Corbin church took notice of their need.
“We saw the struggles that she had to go through, transporting him and putting him in and out of the vehicle,” said Greg Marcum, a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Corbin and was the one who spearheaded the fundraising efforts for Hunter.
Other church members at Immanuel Baptist Church also decided to do something to help.
They raised nearly $40,000 to help Hunter and buy him and his grandmother a handicap-accessible van.
And at Sunday’s church service, Gwenn and Hunter finally got their gift.
“I was surprised. I’m so glad because it’s been like a few months and I was ready for it to get over,” Hunter Wilson said.
“There are things he wants to do and likes to do like any 12-year-old kid and we'll be able to do more things and get him out of the house to do those things,” Moore said.
As for the folks whose hard work and dedication helped raise that money…
“I want to say thank you to all of the people who donated, it wouldn’t have been possible without you,” Hunter told us.
They now know that paying it forward is the best part.
“Life is not all about me. It’s not about us. It’s truly about others. It’s truly about love,” Marcum said.
Hunter Wilson says the first place he wants to visit in the new van is the beach.