Van 4 Van Bernard

For: The Bernard Family. Van 4 Van
Organizer: Julie and Colin Bernard
$66,454
of $45,000 goal.
Raised by 848 donors
100% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

At 10 months old Van Bernard was diagnosed with an incurable degenerative disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2. SMA is a rare, genetic, muscle wasting disease that affects one in 6,000 babies. As such, Van has been in a power wheelchair since he was 18 months old, and has had numerous hospital stays due to double lung pneumonia. 

Van requires numerous pieces of specialized equipment to keep him healthy and out of hospital. Much of this necessary equipment is not covered under private insurance or our Provincial Government. So far, in his short 6 year life, we, his parents, have been able to provide life-sustaining equipment for our son with the help of various organizations. Standers, back braces, binders, foot orthotics, wheelchairs, nebulizers, ramps, lifts, a wheelchair accessible house and his cough machine all come with a hefty price tag. These are all important pieces of equipment and enablers for our little man Van and we do our best to make sure he gets what he needs to lead a long and productive life- as long as SMA will allow.

We are blessed that he continues to thrive and grow into an intelligent, funny and always smiling little boy. But as he gets bigger so do our challenges. 

We have exhausted all possibilities for funding assistance towards the purchase of a wheelchair van. These modified vehicles are roughly twice the cost of a non-modified vehicle.  Left with no other choice, we are asking for your help so we can get him to and from appointments and anywhere else he wants/needs to go in a safe and secure manner. Transferring him from his power chair to a car seat that is too small is no longer safe – both for him and the parent carrying him.

Thank you for taking the time to explore our request. Your donation would mean a great deal to our family.  Every little bit counts!

Check out our video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MakiK9BxFvw&feature=c4-overview&list=UU4b0vVUYX6kBP1HZnFmctLw

The Bernard Family

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 27, 2014

Posted on August 27, 2014

http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/1232119-van-s-van-accessible-ride-opens-new-pathways-for-boy


Posted on August 25, 2014

Posted on August 25, 2014

Tomorrow is the day !!!!
Thanks to all your efforts we are picking up our Ford Transit Connect wheelchair accessible van !!!
Watch Global Morning News where Brett Ruskin will be live on site at Ford Steele at 6am, 7am and 8am !

The big unveiling will be at 11am with taped news coverage airing at 6pm !
I will post a clip for those all around the world on Wednesday !

Thank you Thank you Thank you to each and every one of you !

The Bernard Family 

Posted on August 14, 2014

Posted on August 14, 2014

August 14th 2014

We have just been informed that our Ford XLT 2014 is being converted NOW !!! We should have it within the next couple of weeks ! Words can not described how much all of your donations are appreciated  ! It still seems a little surreal but once that van is in our driveway our whole world will change... for the better.

My gorgeous, vibrant little man will be safe, I wont have to worry about his safety while transferring him AND we have ordered his new wheelchair !

These things would not have been possible without each and every donation!

Stay tuned for pictures !!!!

With utmost gratitude
The Bernard Family

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