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GoFundMe page raises enough money to get 6-year-old new wheelchair

Posted at 9:21 AM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 11:32:12-04

PUEBLO — A 6-year-old Pueblo student with special needs is getting a new wheelchair thanks to a CSU Pueblo intern who helped raise money for her by setting up a GoFundMe page.

Devlyn is a student at Goodnight Elementary School with Cerebral palsy and other medical problems who outgrew her wheelchair.

Medicaid paid for her wheelchair, but she didn't qualify for another one just yet.

The GoFundMe page was set up by Dylan Day, an intern at the elementary school studying to become a Special Education teacher, who has known Devlyn for eight months.

The page said Devlyn received her chair when she was 2 years old and Medicaid only pays for a new wheelchair every five years.

Day set up the page to help raise money for Devlyn and her family to get the specific wheelchair she needs, which can cost upwards of $2,000.

"I am still glad people have it in their hearts to help people like her," said Alex Rios, Devlyn's father.

The GoFundMe raised more than $3,500 for her wheelchair in just one week.

"[She's] just like the sweetest little girl in the world. She is just always happy and upbeat about everything," Day said. "It kind of broke my heart to see she was going to be in a stroller or crawling around or using that walker."

Day updated the page after they reached their goal amount to say any excess money donating will go toward helping other kids who find themselves in the same situation as Devlyn.