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Church members try to raise money for a special boy

CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - Members of one southern Kentucky church are trying to make a big difference in the life of a handicapped teenager.

Meet Gwen Moore and her grandson, Hunter. He's 11 years old and has never been able to use his legs because of cerebral palsy.

“His handicap has not deterred him in the least. If it’s stairs, he'll go up on his knees. At school, dancing on the gym floor, on his knees just a great personality and a great sense of who he is,” Reverend Allen Bonnell said.

Loading Hunter in and out of vehicles is a difficult process for his grandmother, who is raising Hunter and his older brother.

“When you look at Gwen and all that she goes through each and every day to try and get Hunter in and out of the vehicle, a task you and I would consider routine, it really grabs a hold of your heart,” Rev. Bonnell said.

Officials at Immanuel Baptist Church in Corbin are trying to raise $25,000 to buy the family a handicap-accessible vehicle complete with a motorized lift.

More than $8,000 has already been raised since the fundraiser began a little more than one week ago.

A video they put on Facebook has been viewed by hundreds of people.

“It was a challenge to film that video and stand behind the camera and not want to go help her and we even cut it down some to make it a little shorter,” Joey Hampton said.

Church officials hope to reach their $25,000 goal by the end of the calendar year.

People wanting to contribute can call the church at 606-528-4975. Checks should be made payable to Immanuel Baptist Church with “Hunter” in the memo.


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