Pride Mobility gifted Ann-Marie Kelly a new power wheelchair recently, thanks to help from her neighbor, 11-year-old Brian Lyons.
Lyons, of Plymouth, Pa, noticed Kelly’s power wheelchair was old and no longer reliable, so he decided to start a GoFundMe fundraiser, as well as hold lemonade stands, to raise money to purchase Kelly a new power wheelchair.
Lyons’ mom, Linda Uren, contacted Pride Mobility to see if they could help. The company donated a Jazzy Air 2 Power Wheelchair to Kelly on July 20. Lyons helped present the new power wheelchair to Kelly.
“It makes me feel good to help people,” Lyons says, in a media release from Pride Mobility. “I saw my neighbor was having trouble with her wheelchair, and I knew I wanted to raise money for her so she could get a new one.”
Kelly’s new Jazzy Air 2 Power Wheelchair will increase her independence as she will not have to worry about her wheelchair breaking down. The power wheelchair can also elevate up to 12 inches while driving at speeds of up to 4 mph, so Kelly can reach the refrigerator, cupboards, etc, and can converse with people at eye level without straining her neck to look up at them.
“It means a lot,” Kelly shares. “I’ve had my other wheelchair for many years, and I’ve had issues with it on and off, but I’m very happy to have this chair now.”
In addition to helping his neighbor, Lyons has raised thousands of dollars for local charitable efforts, including more than $10,000 for the Plymouth Borough Fire Dept. Elm Hill Hose Company #3. The fire company named him junior fire chief and Luzerne County declared “Brian Lyons Day,” which is recognized annually on July 12.
[Source: Pride Mobility]
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