An Americus family isn't giving up on getting their two disabled children a new van.
The Battle family came up short on winning a new handicapped accessible van for their two disabled children. Family friends are now working to raise money to help the family buy their own van.
Chrissy Ambose's four- year-old daughter, Francesca, suffers from a learning disability and her older sister Dawn is unable to speak. Ambose knows firsthand the challenges the families of disabled people face.
"They have seizures," said Chrissy Ambose. "You have to watch their diet. You have to watch the intake, so what comes out of the body."
Ambose has been supporting J.J. and Melissa Battle in their quest to win a new handicapped accessible van for their two children. 15-year-old Brianna has a rare chromosome disorder, Chromosome 14, and 16-year-old T.J. has mild Cerebral Palsy.
"I think it would be a blessing for them not to have something to worry about," said Ambose.
The Battle's van has been through years of wear and tear and a new van would help make travel to doctor's appointments easier. The family's dream of winning a new van in a nationwide contest came up just short even though the Battles got more than 10,000 votes.
"I think that it would be a true blessing and heavenly sent for the community to give back to them," said Ambose.
The Battle family is now looking to raise money to buy a new van. The family has raised more than $1200 on their "giveforward" page but the total cost is more than $65,000. They also created a video on YouTube detailing their story. Ambose says both parents Melissa and J. J. Battle aren't giving up in their quest to get their children what they need.
"Through his determination and his hard work there will be a van," said Ambose. "They always find a way, God has always shown a path for them to take."
Ambose hopes others will find a way in helping the Battle's receive their new van. You can help the Battle family by clicking here or sending a donation to 106 Lorraine Avenue Americus, Ga 31709.