Kids & Family

Little Boy With Rare Epilepsy Needs Some Wheels

A GoFundMe campaign and a book/game and puzzle sale will help his family get an accessible van

Isaiah Ford's parents would say he's one in a million. With a beautiful smile and a unique sense of humor, this four-year-old is always making people laugh.

Isaiah spent much of the first 9 months of his life at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. That's his service dog, Pongo. Wheels for Isaiah GoFundMe page

Isaiah is also one in 70 million. Those are the statistics for people who have something called Malignant Migrating Partial Seizures of Infancy or MMPSI . It's a rare genetic disorder that caused Isaiah to have multiple seizures, sometimes more than 100 a day. They talk about it in this YouTube video:

Isaiah's condition is now stabilized thanks to doctors at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. But he can't walk or talk. The family, which includes brother Elijah and sister Alexa, needs a wheelchair accessible van to get around, but the $60,000+ cost is beyond their means.

"Prayers for your family! I hope you reach your goal and get the van you need!" Lisa Reilly, GoFundMe donor

That's why they've set up a GoFundMe page, and their neighbors are holding fundraisers to help. One of those fundraisers is coming up next Saturday, April 20A used book, game and puzzle sale will be held at The Great Hall, 1001 Perry Highway 15237 (Ross Township, PA) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m

Hardback books will be going for $2 each and paperbacks 25-50 cents. They'll also have DVDs, audio books and CDs for sale.Help out the Ford family and get a great deal at the same time!

As Isaiah gets bigger and needs a wheelchair, travelling will become more difficult for the family, which includes his brother and sister, and, of course, Pongo! Wheels for Isaiah GoFundMe page

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