12-year-old with cerebral palsy receives wheelchair-accessible van

Dawson received a new van courtesy of Samantha's House & Van. (WTHR Staff)
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Dawson received a new van courtesy of Samantha's House & Van. (WTHR Staff)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Dawson Maxwell is a funny, well-spoken 12-year-old with cerebral palsy.

Lately, his power wheelchair has gotten too heavy for the current family van. That's where the local organization Samantha's House & Van comes in to help.

"You can't put it into words," said Shirley Maxwell, Dawson's mom. "I'm so thankful, grateful."

Wheelchair-accessible vans are expensive, costing around $60,000 to $80,000.

Monday, Samantha's House & Van gifted the Maxwell family with a new van.

Shirley says this gift opens up more doors for her son.

"[To] get in the car on his own and go wherever we want to, to be able to sign him up for sports," said Maxwell. "There's power wheelchair soccer I want to sign him up for, after school activities, it's just endless how much this is going to help us."

Dawson and his mother drive off in their new van. (WTHR Staff)

And Dawson's looking forward to having a little more freedom.

"Be with my friends a lot more," said Dawson. "Thank you for this van, thank you for this opportunity, and most of all you're changing people's lives which is good for other people."