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Evelyn Moore was diagnosed with cancer at 4 months old. After her heartbreaking diagnosis and eight rounds of chemotherapy, Evelyn is now in remission. But, the neuroblastoma tumor on her spine has left her permanently paralyzed below her arms.
Doctors had initially recommended Evelyn learn to army crawl her way around until she was ready for a wheelchair. Dissatisfied with this advice, Evelyn’s mom, Kim Moore, began researching options and found a DIY wheelchair on Pinterest.
Determined to give Evelyn some independence, her parents got to work. They made the DIY baby wheelchair when Evelyn was 7 months old using a Bumbo floor seat, a kitchen cutting board, and wheels from a children’s bike.
All in all, the parents said it took one night of hard work and $100 to make. In the meantime, they’ll save for the larger wheelchair in Evelyn’s future that will cost thousands.
It took some time to master, but by 13 months old Evelyn had learned how to maneuver her chair with lightning speed.
“She went backwards first and then she went forwards, and then she figured out how to turn,” Moore told The Star in 2016. “And now we have a speed bump in the middle of our living room because she just goes that fast.”
We can’t stop marveling at the “unstoppable” Evelyn. Watch this inspiring video below:
Cooper is eating ALL DAY LONG. He’s growing like a moose and genuinely hungry. I find it to be a struggle since he only eats a small variety of foods. Keeping it in our house is impossible. We go through 2 quarts of strawberries, a large bag of veggie straws/GF chips and pounds of chicken so quickly. I don’t understand how he doesn’t get sick of the same foods over and over again. He’s a growing boy…which is great! But I sure wish he’d cut me a break an eat other foods! #autism
At first, Swenson assumed Cooper wouldn’t be able to submit a video. But then it occurred to her that her son could, in fact, say mama — he just needs a little help from his specialized tablet.
Watch the touching video they submitted to the contest:
[h/t: The Canadian Press]