Family Has Hopes For Greater Mobility For Child


UPDATED: Sunday April 7, 2013 12:34 AM

A northwest Ohio family was hoping on Saturday that they might soon have a safer and easier way for their physically-challenged child to get around.

When Owen Weaver was just two months old, he contracted an extremely deadly form of pneumococcal meningitis.

His parents told 10TV News on Saturday that the complications have left the now five year old blind and immobile.

"He's beaten the odds," his father, Chad said. "Owen has been in and out of Nationwide Children's Hospital his entire life. Five times since September."

Chad and his wife, Melissa, have three other children and travel everywhere in a van, but getting Owen in and out of his car seat is a difficult task.

May is National Mobility Awareness Month, and his parents have entered his name in a contest to win a handicapped accessible van.

"The latching systems in a handicapped accessible van are a lot safer than putting Owen in a car seat," Chad said. "His safety would increase dramatically."

His mom says they looked into purchasing a handicapped accessible van but the cost was just too much.

Since they entered Owen's name in a contest recognizing local heroes, he has received more than 6,000 votes. That put him in the top five percent of vote getters.

If he stays at that percentage, his name will be entered into a drawing, and he'll have the opportunity to win the van.

Votes are being accepted until May 10.

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