Volunteers build wheelchair lift for disabled Milwaukee teen

CREATED Jul 10, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee teen who's severely disabled after being hit by a car on his way to school and who is recovering from a brain injury, is getting the gift of independence from a group of local volunteers.

Ja'vaire Ezell has been confined to a wheelchair for the past two years. It's always been a struggle for him to get in and out of the house.

"It’s a struggle,” explains his mom Shalonda Ezell. "We can't do the things we used to do. I have two other boys. They feel like they're bound down to do things for Ja'vaire."

Volunteers from Tri-North Builders hope to make things a little easier for the Ezell's. They're building a wheelchair lift and new deck for the family's home.  Until now, someone has always had to carry Ja’vaire and his wheelchair into the house.

"Some days, you have no one around to help. Then you got the neighborhood kids helping. Then you got the van driver helping, so it was a challenge," recalls Shalonda.

When the folks at Tri-North heard his story, they felt compelled to help in the best way they know how.

"Right now, giving him the flexibility to access his home is probably going to be the biggest factor for him and the family," says Darren Noak of Tri-North.

Shalonda  is grateful for the independence this project will give her son.

"I’m going to be excited for him. Yeah, I am," says Shalonda.

She tells TODAY’S TMJ4 once everything is built, they plan to sit together on the front porch, enjoy the sunshine, and just listen to the birds chirp.

The wheelchair lift and deck will be done early next week.