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This is the Josiah Winter Foundation. The funds will be used for Josiah's wheelchair as well as a vehicle to transport it!!!

Josiah David Winter was born on October 7th, 2007 weighing 9 lbs. 15oz, happy and healthy. At 6 months, Josiah was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, claimed to be the number one genetic disease killer of infants. Josiah beat all odds, despite the doctors telling us he would live to age two.

Josiah will be four this October and is living life to the fullest. He has shown acceleration in many aspects and proved to the school system that he could start school at the mental capacity of a 7 year old child. In order to participate in school, they require some sort of mobility for the child aka a wheelchair. This past Friday, Josiah was fitted for his very own power chair after 6 months of waiting. The process to get the appointment for approval to get a chair was difficult as he is only three and not many three year olds can figure out nor operate a power chair. To their surprise, Josiah took to it the fastest they’ve ever seen a child learn it. They were impressed with his mental capacity and how polite and mature he was. So, they sent the approval through and measured him that day. Much to my surprise, the gentleman helping us told us about budget cuts made in the State of Illinois and how it might be a difficult task to get a chair approved through state insurance.

So, he needs your help in funding for a wheelchair as well as a vehicle to transport it to and from places so that he may have the independence of mobility by himself that we sometimes take for granted. Please help us raise funds to make his future even better. Total approximate cost of the customized wheelchair and used vehicle to transport it will be around $30,000.
Donations can be sent to:
Melissa Winter
908 W. State St. Mascoutah, IL 62258
OR
Call or Text Melissa 480-694-4107 to have her meet you to pick it up!
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