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Donors Deliver Surprise To Jackson County Mom And Son

Candy Everett's three year old son, Johnathan Henson, was born with a severe case of Spina Bifida. So he's paralyzed from the waist down.

The family needed a wheelchair-accessible van with a lift, because Everett can't carry Johnathan in and out of their car much longer.  Also, each time Everett takes Johnathan anywhere, she would have to take his wheelchair apart so it can fit in the trunk.

Dorothy Veit of Gautier heard about the family's plight on WLOX-TV and decided to donate her late husband's old van. Her husband passed away five years ago.

Jim Robinson Chevrolet of Pascagoula fixed the wheelchair lift and the engine, as well as changed the tires and performed other maintenance work. On Friday, they turned over the van to Everett.

"Oh wonderful," said Dorothy Veit. "I think it made him so happy, and it makes me so happy, because I had little children and I know problems they can bring, especially when they can't walk."

"Oh, I just feel overjoyed," said Candy Everett. "I feel thankful to Ms Dorothy, to ya'll, and all the people who have come together. I just couldn't ask for anything better. It's a joyful day. It really is."

"I just feel God gives us opportunities and you stop and think 'I can do this. I need to do this," said Jim Robinson. "He's so full of life and you know you're doing something that's going to make his life a little better, a little easier."

Candy Everett says the van will be used quite often to take Johnathan to the doctor, physical therapy and school. The relief organization UMCOR spearheaded the effort to find the van for the family.

By: Trang Pham-Bui

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