BY JUSTIN EARLEY
SAND SPRINGS, Oklahoma - A Sand Springs family's Christmas wish was a wheelchair accessible van to make travel easier for their son with muscular dystrophy. Monday, that wish came true.
After we told you about Caleb Campbell, who lost the use of his legs earlier this year, and his family's need for a wheelchair-accessible van, several stepped forward to donate to the family.
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Caleb's mother, Layla Graves was thrilled by the news, and Monday they got to explore the new van.
"It was a big van and I thought, ‘I think we're all gonna fit,'" she said.
The 2000 Chevy Express with only 106,000 miles and a wheelchair lift is the answer to countless prayers for Layla. She said it will make traveling much easier for her, her husband, and their four boys.
When Caleb's muscular dystrophy put him in a wheelchair in August, Layla didn't know how she was going to get him from place to place.
Sand Springs car dealer Auto Source donated a mini-van earlier this month; and while Layla was grateful for the extra space, the family couldn't afford to equip the van with a wheelchair lift.
Then, Terry Carolan saw their need and reached out.
"We knew that they could use it, get a lot of use out of it, and it's just kind of thing Dad would have wanted," he said.
Carolan's father, Don, suffered from ALS and passed away earlier this month after spending nearly two decades in a wheelchair.
"I know he's looking down on us saying it's the right thing to do,” he said.
Layla said, "To meet Terry, with all his kindness and generosity, just touched our family. We were overwhelmed."
As Layla and her family deal with Caleb's medical needs, and pray for the best, they hope to help someone else one day.
The first step is finding a family in need of their old van.
"We want to be those people, and I think Caleb has that same heart and I think paying it forward is a big deal," Layla said.
The new van needs a couple of repairs but money raised through an online account will help cover them.