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Kristi's Kids: Community coming through for Tucson teen

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An update now on one of Kristi's Kids. He’s a Tucson teen, who is hoping the new year, will bring much-needed freedom, in the form of four new wheels.

“It was nice. It was really nice, and really surprising,” Sonya Tapia recent told Kristi’s Kids.

Sonya and her son, Armando, almost can't believe the support they have gotten from friends and strangers alike.

“It's good to know that there are people out there that would help,” Sonya said.

At 11-months old, Armando, who is now 17, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Sonya has to physically lift him in and out of her vehicle for regular trips to Tucson High School, and to his doctor’s appointments.

“We can average from two to three a week. About eight to ten in a month,” Sonya told Kristi’s Kids.

When Kristi's Kids first told you about Armando last November, his wheelchair accessible van fund was parked at about $600. Now, it's topped $12,000. That includes a single donation of $5000.

“Four months ago, when we started the journey, it was - let's try it. Let's see. It wouldn't hurt. But, now it's actually closer. It's right there a little bit, so it's nice,” Sonya told Kristi’s Kids.

A used wheelchair-accessible van averages $25,000 to $30,000. But now, Sonya and Armando are closer than they ever expected.

“I’ve made phone calls now. I have a few meetings with people, to try to get it together,” Sonya said.”

Sonya just needs the right fit for Armando, who keeps growing and growing; much like their gratitude.

“Thank you. Really. Really from the bottom of our hearts. It's awesome,” Sonya said.

If you would like to contribute, here is a link to Armando's fund.

Of course, we'll keep you updated, but keep in mind, that Armando's story all began with an email to Kristi's Kids. Please, let us know if there's another story out there we need to tell. Just email kristiskids@kvoa.com

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