KETV Omaha // July 19, 2017

Accessible van donated to local family with help of Heartland Mobility

By KETV Staff Writer

A fundraiser is being held to collect donations for a wheelchair accessible vehicle to an Omaha family in need.

Neji Tolestedt, 7, has cerebral palsy due to a traumatic brain injury in the womb during a car accident that occurred in 2009.

Tolestedt uses a power wheelchair, which is carried on the back of the family van.

Tolestedt must be lifted from her chair and placed inside the van by her mother, Jordan Tolestedt.

Heartland Mobility has joined with Chive Charities to donate the accessible van to the family.

Operations manager Michael Patterson says being a BraunAbility dealer is even more rewarding knowing our dealership can participate in the philanthropic work with organizations like Chive Charities.

BraunAbility and Chive Charities partnered in 2016 to help the charitable organization increase the number of wheelchair accessible vehicles it was able to grant. Because of this partnership, the charity has been able to grant nearly 20 accessible vans each year.