Corbin child gets handicap-accessible van

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CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - A 12-year-old boy with cerebral palsy was surprised at a church service at Immanuel Baptist Church in Corbin on Sunday; with a handicap accessible vehicle.

Gwenn Moore says it was a struggle to help her grandson Hunter get in and out of their vehicle. Hunter has cerebral palsy and the vehicle is not handicap-accessible.

"It was difficult. It was slow, very slow, because hunter, he doesn't move all that fast and trying to motivate getting up on a stool and then climbing up into the truck and into the seat, it was difficult," Moore said.

But some church members at Immanuel Baptist Church in Corbin began raising money in November to buy Hunter a handicap accessible van.

"We believe that's what god does for us. He shows us love in different ways every day and we just felt that we needed to show love there. There was a need," said Greg Marcum, a church member.

At the service on Sunday morning, there was a big surprise for Hunter. Church officials arranged for Hunter's new handicap accessible van to be driven into the church at the end of the service.

"I was surprised! I'm so glad because it's been like a few months and I was ready for it to get over," said Hunter.

Hunter says he loves the van, but it will be perfect with some key additions.

"All they need to put in there is a TV and a Playstation," Hunter said.

Hunter says the first trip he wants to take in his new van, is to the beach.

Church members raised a total of $37,000. The van only cost $33,000 so the extra money will be used to buy insurance on the van for one year. Extra money will also go to paying for license and registration, taxes, and oil changes.

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