Students from various schools in Utah County, Utah have put their rivalries aside and come together to help a 13-year-old and his family get a much-needed wheelchair-accessible van. Kevin Baillargeon is a seventh grader at American Fork Junior High who was born without arms or legs, so it’s a challenge for him when he doesn’t have his wheelchair.
So when the National Honor Society at Kevin’s school heard that others were fundraising to get Kevin’s family a van with a wheelchair ramp, they stepped up to help by hosting an outdoor carnival. Students at other schools in the district have been raising money for the cause all school year long at dances, basketball games and more.
“It means the world to us because it’s a way that we can get his chair around and he can go and be free and doesn’t have to rely on someone to carry him around,” said Matt Williamson, a caregiver for Kevin. He says the community support has been “amazing, and the students at the schools have been wonderful.”