2006-06-22 / Front Page

Donated Van Improves Daily Living for St. Ignace Family

Tina Champion and her mother, Yvonne Weaver, are able to travel around town together more easily with their wheelchairaccessible van. Tina Champion and her mother, Yvonne Weaver, are able to travel around town together more easily with their wheelchairaccessible van. A wheelchair-accessible van was donated by Hiawatha Behavioral Health and First National Bank of St. Ignace to Tina Champion, 36, the daughter of Yvonne Weaver of St. Ignace, in May.

"We wanted Tina to be able to get out into the community more, and there was no public transportation available that could accommodate her wheelchair," Kelly Dean of Hiawatha Behavioral Health told The St. Ignace News. "Motion Auto donated labor to prepare the van for installation of the wheelchair lift."

The vehicle is a 1999 Chevrolet Express.

Ms. Weaver said both she and her daughter have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the donation, and said the van has made daily living easier for them because she no longer has to lift her daughter in and out of the family car.

"I'm ecstatic about it," Ms. Weaver said. "It was overwhelming when they said we were going to get the van. There are a lot of people out there with a heart, who really care. Nothing like that has ever happened to us before. The van makes us more free to come and go. This is one of the nicest things that's ever happened. It touches my heart so much."

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