Family Gets Free Wheelchair Van

Reprinted from PN December 2012

Bussani Mobility Team provides wheelchair-accessible van to single mom and her son.

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Claudia Zavatsky and her son Alex have an easier time enjoying social outings.

A single Long Island mother and her 10-year-old son with cerebral palsy have a free wheelchair-accessible van thanks to the Bussani Mobility Team.

Claudia Zavatsky and her son Alex, of Melville, NY., received the the customized Ford Windstar during the 2012 Independence and Mobility Fair.

Zavatsky works part-time and spends the rest of her time caring for Alex, who is non-ambulatory and non-verbal.

At 50 pounds and growing, Alex is getting more difficult to lift in and out of his 65-pound wheelchair. Even doing simple things like going to the store has become a constant challenge for them, let alone the missed social outings, including holidays with family.

“A little while ago, I said I needed a miracle to get a wheelchair-accessible van, and that miracle came!” says Zavatsky. “Now I can just wheel Alex into the van and take him to the park so he can use the adaptive swings. I can take him to the store and the boardwalk, and holidays at my brother’s house will be possible again. I’m truly blessed.”

Daniel Bussani, vice president at Bussani, says Claudia was the perfect candidate for their van donation program, and they are “honored” to help.

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