Denver Nonprofit Helps Boy Whose Wheelchair Was Stolen

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AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – A local organization has stepped up to help a boy whose wheelchair was stolen.

Gavin Serff is a 4-year-old boy being fitted for a new wheelchair. He suffers from Lowe Syndrome, a rare condition that affects his eyes and kidneys.

Over the weekend someone stole his $3,500 wheelchair from his family’s van in Aurora. His mother, Stephanie, immediately called police.

“She asked if we knew who had stolen it, I said if I knew who had stolen it, I wouldn’t have had to call you,” said Stephanie.

Faced with months without his custom wheelchair, the Serff family turned somewhere else.

Peter Kopp is the executive director of Kids Mobility Network.

“Whether that child’s name is Gavin or Sally, it doesn’t matter. We’re here to help,” said Kopp.

Since 2006 his Denver-based nonprofit has given walkers and wheelchairs to more than 800 needy families worldwide.

“We started it because my daughter outgrew her first wheelchair,” said Kopp.

Kopp’s Denver warehouse is stocked with hundreds of donated wheelchairs of all shapes and sizes. They are all ready to be refurbished and given to kids like Gavin.

On Monday Gavin tried out a new model. Gavin’s father says the new wheelchair is the best Christmas present his family could have.

Now he’s still got his freedom and he can get around and just be able to move a lot easier,” said Gavin’s father Ian Serff.

“Just thankful to have it. It’s really a blessing,” said Stephanie.

Gavin’s family will pick up his new wheelchair on Wednesday.


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