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One-Year-Old Girl Paralyzed By Cancer Zips Around In New Wheelchair Lovingly Handmade By Her Daddy

Evelyn Moore of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was 4 months old when doctors diagnosed her with neuroblastoma, a type of cancerous tumor. It left her paralyzed below her arms.


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She may be a wee young thing, but the tiny tot has gone through chemotherapy eight times, and has been in remission for the last three months.


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Worried about his kid not having “normal” childhood experiences, Evelyn’s doting daddy, Brad, figured out a way to allow her to get around by herself without having to spend ridiculous amounts of money on a custom-made wheelchair.

So with a cutting board, castor wheels, a Bumbo chair, and a design he found on Pinterest, Brad set out to fashion a comfy wheelchair for his baby. After a day or two, he had built it — all for the cost of $100.


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Instead of learning to crawl, the 1-year-old is now perfecting how to wheel her homemade cruiser. Dad even made Evelyn’s wheelchair so that it could tip forward so she can reach down for her toys. Fancy!


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“She’s pretty fearless,” Evelyn’s mom, Kimberly Moore, said. “She’ll go in her wheelchair on the top of a hill, let go and put her hands in the air, then catch herself when she gets to the bottom.”

“She’s a good little baby,” Moore added. “She’s been through a lot and she’s just trying to get back to what normal looks like.”


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Evelyn got the hang of her new ride pretty quickly. “She went backwards first and then she went forwards, and then she figured out how to turn,” Moore said. “And now we have a speed bump in the middle of our living room because she just goes that fast.”


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Her pediatric oncologist, Bev Wilson, said Evelyn’s new wheelchair has made a great impact on her mobility and social life. “She’s very happy,” Wilson said. “She moves around and visits nurses she wants too see other kids. She’s like any other child, but she’s actually faster.”

“Her true person comes out when she’s in that chair,” Moore said. “She [now] has the same interactions as any other child would, being at eye level and exploring the world on the ground. It’s pretty exciting.”


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In a few weeks, Evelyn will be taking her wheelchair to “Camp Beat It,” hosted by the Kids With Cancer Society. Happy wheeling, tiny trooper!


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