CLARENCE, NY- For years, 2 On Your Side has been sharing the story of little Chase Britton, a boy who doctors believe is a medical miracle.
Earlier this month we shared Chase's newest challenge.
His family is in need of help after a car accident totaled their wheelchair van. After many donations, the family is about half way to their goal.
Buffalo is known as the City of Good Neighbors, and the Britton family is now experiencing it firsthand. Two weeks ago we told you about the family's need for a conversion to their family van to make it wheelchair accessible for 5-year-old Chase.
Their last van was totaled just recently when they were struck by an inexperienced driver.
Without the conversion, Chase's lifeline, his motorized wheelchair, cannot fit in their new van.
"It's not something glamorous. It's not something excessive. It's something that we had, that we lost not to our own fault. And we're just trying to get that back," said Chase's mother, Heather Britton.
It's yet another obstacle this family has to overcome, but Chase is known for defying the odds. His is the only known case in the world of a baby being born without a Cerebellum. That's the part of the brain that plays a major role in motor control, balance, coordination, emotional control, language and learning. Chase is also missing his pons. That part regulates basic functions, like sleeping and breathing.
Doctors consider Chase a medical miracle because he's doing things he just shouldn't be able to do. He's now in school, has a growing vocabulary, and is even learning how to walk.
The wheelchair van conversion will cost as much as $20,000 and so far the family has received about $7,000 in donations. And while they're not there yet, the Brittons are already giving back.
"They're just small things, but we buy the bags of groceries at Tops for the food pantry and things like that. We've made a couple Christmas donations here and there. We just want to make sure we do our part since everybody's trying to help us," said Britton.
You can make a donation to "The Chase Britton Fund" at any First Niagara Bank branch. You can also donate online here.