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Hempstead Grant To Help Family Bring Child With Cerebral Palsy Into, Out Of Home

By CBS New York

ROOSEVELT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A grant will help a boy with cerebral palsy get into and out of his Long Island home.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, the Johnsons have been struggling to bring 7-year-old Kayden, who uses a wheelchair, up and down the few stairs outside their Roosevelt house.

His mother, Darlene, said it’s difficult to lift 60 pounds by herself.

“Especially when it rains, it snows,” she said. “Especially if I’m the only one home. Then I have to take him out, bring him in and then come back and try to get the chair.”

Now, as CBS2’s Scott Rapoport reported, their home is getting a major makeover.

But thanks to the grant from the town of Hempstead that helps residents with special needs, a wheelchair lift will be placed on the stairs and their bathroom will become handicap accessible.

“Through the grant, the Johnson’s can receive up to $20,000, which is free. It does not have to be paid back, to make their house more accessible,” Kate Murray (R), Hempstead Town Supervisor said.

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