High school students raise money for disabled twins - FOX 35 News Orlando

High school students raise money for disabled twins

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Some kids that grew up together are about to graduate high school, but they're especially worried about two of their classmates who desperately need help.

"They have a very rare disease, called Friedreich's Ataxia," Andrew Brown explains.  

Twins Lucas and Sergio Neves share the neurological disease which has left them wheelchair bound.   Andrew organized a Facebook fundraiser, so that they may have a new van in which to travel, after the old one broke down and quit running. 

"I have a lot of friends that are helping me," he said.  "We made these t-shirts, 'Donate For Wheels."

Single mom Irma Neves said it has been challenging trying to work and care for her twin boys. 

"Insurance is not covering the vehicle," said Irma, adding that while Medicaid plans to provide new electric wheelchairs, finding a car to carry them is their own responsibility.  "When God deals you these cards with two boys that are handicapped, it makes life a little more challenging." 

Challenging, because this disease will eventually lead to heart failure, but Irma has faith.  "Keep a positive attitude no matter what comes our way."

It touched her heart when she found out students wanted to step in, saying, "It made me cry, because it made me realize that they're very lucky boys, that they have really, really good friends."

Sergio and Lucas agreed.  "My friends are unbelievable for doing this," said Lucas.  "It makes me feel a lot better, knowing we have all these friends who really care about us," Sergio added.

Andrew realizes that time is of the essence.  "By graduation to have the money raised, that would be great."And once the money is raised, these students plan to take another turn by helping someone else, "We're gonna try and continue this on and help other families going through this."

Administrators at Freedom High School are collecting the money and will present a check to Lucas and Sergio on graduation day next month.  People interested in donating should visit: Facebook.com/DonateForWheels (LIKE) or GoFundMe.com/DonateForWheels (Donate Online). They need $40,000 for a new van.

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