WHITEHALL, Mich. — A 14-year-old who uses a wheelchair to get around his home is enjoying a new bedroom and bathroom after West Michigan non-profit Lori's Voice donated several thousand dollars towards the upgrades.
Jackie Harrison and her son Jaden are full of excitement and relief after the renovations were completed.
"Before we had this renovation, I used to have to lift Jaden from his bed and carry him all the way from his bedroom into a bathtub. And it was just really demanding on my body. It caused intense pain," Harrison told FOX 17.
"For the first time he can actually get into his room and do whatever he wants."
Lori's Voice, founded by Lori and Dave Hastings, has already had to cancel 4 fund raising events this year due to COVID. Despite this, they continue their efforts of helping families that need more wheelchair accessibility in some capacity.
The non-profit was able to donate $5,000 towards Jaden's new digs.
"He was unable to use his bathroom the way it was. Things that we all take for granted, just riding up to a sink in a chair and washing your hands," Lori Hastings told FOX 17.
But now, the 14-year-old has gained a bigger sense of independence.
"It's been incredible. For the first time he can actually get into his room and do whatever he wants. He loves spending his time in there," his mom said.
The young family now excited about what this newfound freedom will mean for Jaden.
"I would like every family to know that none of you are alone. We have a special heart for these moms and dads that are caregivers," Lori Hastings said.
"We will walk beside you. Everybody needs a little guidance, and that's what we're here for."
You can visit the Lori's Voice website or Facebook page for more info about the work they do or to donate towards their efforts.