8-year-old quadriplegic pays it forward, gives van to family in need
EATONVILLE, Wash. - An 8-year-old girl paid it forward Saturday. McKenzie Harris gifted the wheel chair accessible van she has outgrown to a Leavenworth family in need.
"If you put good out, good will come to you," McKenzie's mom Sara Harris said.
It's care, kindness, and a wheel chair accessible van that's brought McKenzie Harris and 14-year-old Kelvin Ramos together.
McKenzie was paralyzed on Jan. 1, 2014 when a driver hit her family's truck head-on. Later that year, generous donors throughout Washington helped raise money for McKenzie, and a van was donated to help the Harris' family care for their daughter.
Now, McKenzie has a new van that meets her needs.
"Kenzie decided that she wanted to donate her (old) van to another family that could use it," Sara said.
The van that helped McKenzie regain so much will now be a lifeline for Kelvin, who has muscular dystrophy.
For six years Kelvin has been dependent on his family to lift him in and out of the car. The donated van has a ramp that will allow Kelvin easy access into the vehicle, giving him the independence he's wanted for so long.
"We no longer have to worry about whether we're going to hurt him when we lift him up," Kelvin's sister Blanca said.
It's a new start on what will be a new journey for Ramos family. No one understands the compassion and strength for children with disabilities more than the families that provide support.
"Thank you to McKenize and the whole family," Kelvin's sister Blanca said. "This has been a blessing for us."