Las Vegas family needs handicap van

Beth Fisher

Las Vegas family needs handicap van

CREATED May. 21, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- There is a young man here in Las Vegas who cannot move his body. He needs machines to stay alive.  But his mind is sharp and his heart is big.  

Action News first introduced viewers to Cashel last Christmas. Cashel and his sister Allie were born with SMA or Spinal Muscular Atrophy.  Many of you fell in love with Cashel when he used his computer to communicate with us about why he doesn't feel sorry for himself.  "Because I know God has blessed with me with this life and he made me exactly the way he needed me to be."

In the years we've known this family, they have never asked for anything until now.  Now, they have no choice. Cashel and Allie have grown to the point that they no longer fit together in the family's van.
In addition, the van has electrical problems and the air conditioner doesn't work. Because of that, the family hasn't been out together in six years. They didn't ask for help sooner because they heard of another SMA family here in the valley who needed to raise money for a specialized van too. They wanted them to get one first.
Mom Sandy Gardner says,  "It's just hard to ask. God has provided. And I think that's the big thing. If it's right and meant to be, God will find a way for it to happen. You have to help. You can't just sit there. A van's not going to drive up into my yard so you do have to try."
Sandy is trying. She has organized a golf tournament to raise money and she has secured some amazing prizes.  he tournament is on June 1 at  Silverstone but they MUST have at least 70 golfers or this family will be out several thousand dollars. You you contact Sandy or Matt for more information. They are at (702) 658-9468 or (702) 497-1098.  Or you can donate to the family by clicking here.