A cancer diagnosis at 4 months old left Evelyn Moore, now 13 months old, paralyzed below her arms. Her doctors suggested to her mom, Kim Moore, that she learn to pull herself around on the floor by her arms, or "army crawl" until she was big enough for a wheelchair. Kim was not impressed with that idea and wanted to give her daughter more freedom and better mobility. So she and her husband Brad made a DIY wheelchair for their baby based on one she saw on Pinterest. Now the toddler cruises around with ease.
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Evelyn's mom, like most moms out there when faced with a parenting challenge, got on the internet to look for a solution. She found it on Pinterest. Kim told ABC News:
There weren't too many options that were available. When my daughter was diagnosed, we were more worried about keeping her alive than getting the insurance to get it (wheelchair) covered. We saw something on Pinterest and Brad (Kim's husband) said he could build it. Within a day or two, it was done.
In all, Kim said the tiny wheelchair, which is made from a Bumbo chair, a cutting board and tires from a kid's bike, cost about $100 to make. Evelyn's had her chair since she was 7 months old. Now, at 13 months, she can do just about anything and go anywhere her little heart desires.
"We have a speed bump in the middle of our living room because she goes just that fast," Kim said, according to Simplemost.
Now Evelyn has the same freedom as the other kids. Her oncologist, Dr. Bev Wilson, was amazed by seeing the tiny girl in a wheelchair and told The Star she would recommend every parent with a child who has mobility issues like Evelyn look into a similar solution:
Normally, she would be propped in a chair or a seat or a stroller somewhere. This has allowed her to explore her environment just like a crawling child would.
Brad, Evelyn's dad, told The Star he's very proud of his little girl and that he wants her to grow up knowing "nothing can stop her."
“The willpower that she has, and how adaptable she is to her situation, is something I never really expected," Brad said. "And how quickly she’s grasping it has really blown me away.”
As she grows, Evelyn will be outfitted with a more standard wheelchair that will cost the Moore family thousands. But for now the $100 modified Bumbo is giving the little girl her freedom. What an amazing family.