Story touches hearts and leads to positive outcome

ON THE MOVE: Calem McDavid, 11, is happy to have a new vehicle to help him get around. He is pictured with his mum Summer Nanscawen and David Molan, of Alstonville, who donated the van to the family.
ON THE MOVE: Calem McDavid, 11, is happy to have a new vehicle to help him get around. He is pictured with his mum Summer Nanscawen and David Molan, of Alstonville, who donated the van to the family. Cathy Adams

SUMMER Nanscawen and Shane McDavid describe their disabled son Calem's new modified van as a gift from an angel.

David Molan and his family donated the van after their brave little girl Georgia lost her fight with infant epilepsy (Dravet syndrome) in May at the age of 12.

The factory-modified 2003 Toyota Alphard sat unused following Georgia's passing, the Molans' painful memories preventing them from using it.

Considering the van was acquired through community fundraising efforts during the Molans' Wheels for Georgia fundraising appeal, it only seemed right to pass it on.

"We had the appeal organised through various community clubs and then we purchased the car for Georgia. Everything was going fantastic until Georgia passed away five months after we bought it," Mr Molan said.

When the Molans saw an article in The Northern Star on July 5 detailing Calem's chronic disabilities and his family's struggle to fund a suitable car, it was a lightbulb moment.

"We were in the process of selling the vehicle so we could pass the money on to another community group and then we saw Summer's article in The Northern Star," he said.

"We thought what better way to pass it on than to give the car to another needy family with a disabled child?

"Calem's disability was very, very similar to Georgia's. That hit very close to home."

Calem's undiagnosed condition includes epileptic seizures, cerebral palsy and an inability to communicate and regulate body temperature.

The modified van, including a ramp and hydraulics, will allow Calem and his family to more easily attend social outings and medical appointments.

An overjoyed Ms Nanscawen, who fundraised for four years before the fateful donation, described the situation as surreal.

"We were overwhelmed, speechless. Words couldn't describe how we felt," she said.

"This mean's Calem can go out in the community again. We went on a family outing the other day and I saw a smile on his face I hadn't seen in months.

"When he first went in he just looked around and you could tell he felt like king of the world."

Following The Northern Star article, a local Lions Club and Gold Coast student Rotary club also expressed interest in helping Calem.

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