SALT LAKE CITY, UT (February 24, 2018) – As a result of the many generous donations made through GoFundMe and the grant given to the family by the Steelman Family Foundation, the Brown family was able to get their 2012 Toyota Sienna wheelchair accessible van through United Access.
Max was born with Cerebral Palsy and an incredible zest for life. As Max grows older and bigger, it has become increasingly difficult for his mother to transport him from his wheelchair to the family’s van. simple outings and errands often taken for granted have now become overwhelming obstacles, but that doesn’t stop Max from enjoying every single day. Last fall Max found out that he would be playing on a Miracle League baseball team. Max had just two questions about this game. The first, would his games be broadcast on ESPN and the second, would Ellen give away tickets to them on her show? The game wasn’t on ESPN and Ellen didn’t give away tickets but that didn’t stop him from promising the small handful of spectators the game-winning home run and autographs afterward.
Caring for Max is a full-time effort. Max has impaired motor function, limited cognitive abilities and is confined to a wheelchair. In order to provide the best for their family, Max’s father serves as a South Jordan police officer while holding down two additional jobs. His mother works as a dental hygienist at three different offices. Managing four jobs and three children is no small effort. Things like wheelchair ramps for their homes and medical bills can be costly. Thankfully there are organizations and foundations that exist to help families like the Browns afford such necessities.
About Steelman Family Foundation
René Steelman, founder of the foundation, has six children. Her youngest was born with severe
disabilities and has cerebral palsy, rendering him wheelchair-bound and unable to speak. We are
dedicated to helping families with non-ambulatory children under the age of eighteen, acquire
wheelchair accessible vehicles. Our mission is to help families with children diagnosed with a permanent
disability participate in community, recreational, or everyday experiences as a united family. SFF also
supports events to benefit cerebral palsy education and activities. We support families across the
United States. To learn more, visit www.steelmanfamilyfoundation.org.
About United Access
Established in 1997, this small, privately-owned and operated company has grown into the second
largest provider of accessible vehicles and products across the country. United Access partnered with
industry-leading manufacturers to supply its stores with the best and safest products, including
accessible wheelchair vans, trucks and SUVs, wheelchair lifts and scooter lifts, hand controls, power
transfer seats and more. To learn more, visit www.unitedaccess.com.