"It just feels good to be able to play a role in making something so good and so important actually happen. For Asa and his family this is one gift that sure to keep on giving for many years and miles to come." Tom Kobi
(PRWEB) December 17, 2015
When the management of privately owned FR Conversions of Westminster, Maryland got wind of the plight of the McAndrew family of Scranton, PA they knew they had to do something. Twelve-year old Asa McAndrew had been born with a severe case of Cerebral Palsy. Arriving seven weeks early and weighing in at a scant 2 lbs. 3 oz. doctors held out little hope for Asa's future. The tough, joyful boy proved them wrong. While the condition itself hasn't improved, Asa has done more than learn to live with it. He's grown into a happy, energetic young man admired by teachers and classmates and loved by friends and family.
The problem, as Asa's dad Gene explains, has grown as his son has: "When Asa was younger and smaller it was fairly easy to simply put him in an ordinary car seat to take him to school, the movies or shopping. But he's not a little boy anymore. We scraped together enough money to buy a nice minivan figuring this would solve the problem. It didn't. An ordinary van, while bigger, meant new complications and challenges. We needed to have it converted with a ramp and other features to meet Asa's needs. The problem was the cost. We simply couldn't handle it."
Word of the situation reached the offices of Eli Rosenbloom, President and Founder of FR Conversions, and action toward a solution commenced immediately: "We got together as a team and without a single dissenting voice agreed to tackle the project. The promise we made to Asa and his family was not just to do it but to do it right and get it done before Christmas. The holiday season is a time when families reunite. It's something no 12-year old boy should be denied the joy of, especially one as brave as Asa."
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The company created a fundraising page which succeeded in raising a small percentage of the cost, the State of Pennsylvania chipped in and FR Conversions picked up a lion's share of the cost, materials and labor.
Joe and Beckie Kobi, owners of The Mobility Store of Northeast Pennsylvania, are donating services and assisting the family in the logistics, conversion details and delivery of the new van for Asa: "It just feels good to be able to play a role in making something so good and so important actually happen. For Asa and his family this is one gift that sure to keep on giving for many years and miles to come."