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Local artist putting sale proceeds towards wheelchair van for son

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A Colorado Springs woman is using art to make a difference for her family. She's using the proceeds from her artwork to help buy a wheelchair van for her son, a former professional dancer who's now wheelchair bound. 

Reveille Kennedy is an accomplished painter, currently putting the proceeds from her artwork sales towards helping her son Brent Kennedy whose worked hard to overcome the odds.

Brent  was a professional dancer in Denver for years. That's where he met his wife Stacy and  adopted a daughter. In 2004, Brent suffered a spinal stroke, leaving him with no feeling from the armpits down. Over the years, Brent and his family have worked together towards a new life and keeping a positive attitude.

"He's a really happy guy," said his mother and artist Reveille Kennedy. "He decided this was going to be his life now. He's very encouraging to other people."

Now he finds independence in his 4 wheel drive wheelchair van, which provides Brent transportation to and from work and volunteering.

"Being able to drive was a huge deal to me," explained Brent Kennedy. "It probably made all the difference on feeling like I could contribute to society and work."

But Brent's current wheelchair van is wearing out fast.

"The van allows me to get in and out and go where I need to go without relying on anyone else to do it," explained Brent. "Because I volunteer in Colorado Springs it's an hour and a half drive and I need a good reliable vehicle to do that." 

"It's a life line," explained Reveille. "Otherwise if he didn't have a car he'd have to stay home all the time. 

Replacing their current van isn't easy. A 4 wheel drive wheelchair van isn't cheap and with proper additions, including hand controls, a ramp, and a lift, they can cost as much $40,000.

You can purchase Reveille's artwork at the following locations:
Arati Artists Gallery at 2425 W. Colorado Ave. 
Dale Street Bistro Cafe at 115 E Dale St
Fratelli Ristorante Italiano at 124 N Nevada Ave
Gold Hill Mesa at 142 S Raven Mine Dr. 

To learn more about Brent's story and support their fundraiser visit https://www.gofundme.com/4-wheel-drive-wheelchair-van.

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