7-year-old girl receives wheelchair donation

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A 7-year-old girl from Portland can feel safe and secure now as she heads off to school.

A condition known as Moyamoya Disease has left Desiray Gallerani with mobility issues. The wheelchair she used could not be locked down for safe travel on the bus. That all changed Monday thanks to a local charitable group. The Robbie Foundation donates adaptive equipment not covered by insurance for developmentally disabled children.

"This is exactly what we are here to do, bridging the gap for needs that are not met by insurances", said Lynn Gierie of the Robbie Foundation.

For Desiray and her mom, the wheelchair represents more than just a piece of equipment. It gives the little girl a world of new adventures outside.

"Now we'll be able to go for walks, grocery shopping, trips to the mall, going to school. It's going to make everything so much easier and Desiray's going to be safe", said her mother Carol.

Maine based business Black Bear Medical makes the adaptive equipment more affordable for the Robbie Foundation by selling it to the charitable group at cost.


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