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Berks family needs votes to win special van for young boy

By Pam Cunningham, Reporter
Published On: May 08 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: May 10 2013 05:50:32 AM CDT

Everyday, a 4th grader at Jacksonwald Elementary School in Exeter Twp., Berks Co., leaves his powered wheelchair at school.

EXETER TWP., Pa. -

Every day, a fourth grader at Jacksonwald Elementary School in Exeter Twp., Berks Co., leaves his powered wheelchair at school. His mom said she can't afford to transport it, but there is a way you can help.

Ethan Pyles is 10-years-old and loves animals, like his dog Mason. He also likes math and is working on long division. 

"I'm awesome at it," said Ethan.

But unlike other kids in fourth grade, he has a shorter recess.

"I have a muscular disease called Duchenne's muscular dystrophy," said Ethan, noting that it gives him pain in his legs. "It makes me tired easily when I run around outside."

Ethan uses a power wheelchair at school, and with his disability, his single mom takes him to lots of doctor appointments.

"Then it goes after the soft tissue muscles, which is the heart, the lungs, so he sees six different specialists," said Sandra Katzin. "We go to Hershey all the time. We go down to Shriners, and I can't transport his chair."

Katzin explained the chair stays at school because it costs too much to take back and forth.

"I'm just trying to take it one day at a time," said Katzin. "The first hurdle is a handicap van to be able at least to get him around."

She said Ethan gets so tired without his chair that a van to transport it would be a big help, but she can't afford the $60,000 cost.

"Whoever gets the most votes wins a van, and I was like, 'Oh my goodness. This is like a blessing," said Katzin.

To help, go to mobilityawarenessmonth.com. Voting ends Fri., May 10.

"He goes through so much with everything that he has to deal with," said Katzin. "He deserves to be a kid, to be happy and to get around."

"Anything, but please vote for me," said Ethan.