INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. -- A family struggles to get help from the state for their handicapped daughter, but neighbors stepped up when the state fell short.
Kenny and Christine Oakley thought they had time to budget but then an accident changed everything.
"She is 15-- 16 in December, yay!"
DeAnn's parents say she's almost 16, but instead of asking mom and dad for a driver's license and a brand new car, she needs a van so she can comfortably get to school and her doctor's appointments.
"According to the state she is multi-handicapped-- she had a brain hemorrhage at birth which caused cerebral palsy; she is developmentally and physically delayed,” said Christine.
The family knows DeAnn has outgrown their transportation setup.
"Deanne fit great in the car seat, but about a year ago, she is a teenager, so she grew; we knew a van was coming."
What they didn't know is that they'd get rear-ended and be forced to speed up the process of getting a handicapped-equipped van.
"I have to physically lift the wheelchair into the back of the truck and her into the car seat," said Kenny.
Two months after the claim was submitted to the state, they got a letter back giving them half the money they requested.
None of which is close to covering the full cost of $53,000.
"She can't fight-- that’s what bugs me more than anything. If she could, I would back off-- that little girl doesn’t deserve to be treated the way," said Kenny.
The family has turned to crowdsourcing to help raise the rest of the money. But they still need help; if you're interested, click here for more information.
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