Kevin Caron, 23, dreams of being able to visit a friend, play sports or go to Cégep without being dependent on his parents or the adapted transportation he has to book a week in advance. Movements that often do not concern young people his age, but that become a major obstacle for people, who like Kevin, are in wheelchairs.
Reached from spina bifida myelomeningocele, the most severe form of spina bifida, Kevin has no sensation in his legs and has always moved in a wheelchair. His malformation did not prevent him from obtaining his high school diploma in June 2016 after ten years of courses at the school Du Phare and the Center Saint-Michel and a good dose of perseverance. His best memory of school? Hockey matches adapted on days 9. Because even if Kevin does not walk, he is a great lover of all sports, except golf and curling.
“I’ve been playing basketball for years. And if I could move independently, I would start playing again, “says the Sherbrookois who launched a socio-financing campaign to be able to acquire a van that would be adapted to his condition by the Société d’assurance automobile du Québec. Quebec.
Kevin estimates that he needs $ 10,000 to $ 15,000 to fulfill his dream.
“Autonomy, for me, means freedom,” he says.
To achieve his goal, Kevin and his entourage also organized a garage sale, a car wash and a keel which allowed them to raise $ 1,500. The young Sherbrookois also made more than a hundred bracelets in the colors of different countries and different teams of the National Hockey League. Bracelets he sells between $ 1 and $ 6 (see his Facebook page).
Kevin wants to go to the Cégep in arts, letters and communication, profile literature, next year. “I’d like to become a writer. And write novels. During my high school, I read books by Agatha Christie and Christine Brouillet and I loved them very much, “says Kevin.
The purchase of the van, which he could drive with his hands, is synonymous with an active life for Kevin.
“For my parents, I’m a normal guy who loves sports and would like to have a car,” summarizes the second of a family of four who would like to move independently, “normally.”
To encourage Kevin, please visit www.onedollargift.com and enter “Van adapted for my boy in wheelchair” in the search engine.