Chesterfield family raising donations for paralyzed daughter’s accessible van

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — A family needs your help to give their little girl a degree of independence.Six-year old Carter Castlebury is smart, feisty, and ready to start first grade.

Six-year old Carter Castlebury is smart, feisty, and ready to start first grade.

Paralyzed from the neck down at two years old, she uses her head to steer her power chair.

But one thing stands in Carter’s way. Her family’s SUV is not equipped to transport the power chair. She can only use it when she’s at home.

Her father Josh Castlebury said independence for his daughter is the goal.

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“To be independent everywhere we go, whether it is school, playgrounds, the store,” Castlebury said.

That’s why Carter’s family is asking for help to raise funds for an accessible van.

“It would give her the independence to take her power chair everywhere we went,” Brittany Ogle, Carter’s mom, said.

Her parents currently use a manual stroller when the family is away from home, cutting out Carter’s ability to explore the world on her own.For a

For a six-year-old eager to learn, grow, and race with her little sister when the mood strikes, an accessible van could open up the world. So far, supporters have raised nearly $5,000 for Carter.

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“There are complete strangers out there that have helped her along this journey,” Ogle said.

As she runs circles around the obstacles she faces, Carter’s family says they are overwhelmed by the showing of love from those around them.

“I think that’s really what’s gotten us through it … to see all the good,” Ogle said.

To donate and learn more about Carter, click here. 

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