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Disabled teen's quest for mobility

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By Mike LaCrosse


A disabled Bristol teen and her parents are turning to the public for help.  The family needs to raise thousands of dollars to give their daughter the opportunity to become more independent.

Fourteen-year-old Brianna Silveira was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when she was six months old.

"She has a physical disability throughout her legs and you know a little bit of her arms, so she does have a wheelchair at all times and most likely she is going to be like that for life," said Linda Vollaro, Brianna's mom.

Brianna has a motorized wheelchair, but it's too heavy to fit in the family's van.

"Well I can't really go out with my friends right now.  I can sometimes, but it's really hard to like get around and stuff, so I hope to do more of that.  I can't really stay after school and that can kind of be inconvenient cause you kind of have to get involved with activities," said Brianna.

The family needs an adaptive van, but it costs upwards of $60,000 and is not covered by health insurance.

"We are hoping we can just give her the best normal life that we can, just like every other teenager, that's exactly what she is," said Vollaro.

The family has turned to social media and taken Brianna's story on Facebook and GoFundMe.com.  So far, people have responded donating close to $3,000.

"I really appreciate it cause I didn't realize people would donate.  I thought a few people would donate, but a lot of people have donated," said Brianna.

They hope to reach their goal by next year.


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