Mom of two Mischievous Monkeys: Your vote can help: Meet Kenny and his family #NMAM14 {Plus Hair clip Giveaway}

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Your vote can help: Meet Kenny and his family #NMAM14 {Plus Hair clip Giveaway}

This month was not the 1st time that I heard about National Mobility Awareness Month and the related contest they host each year to give away the gift of a Wheelchair van to one lucky {and deserving} family! This time though I thought it would be a great idea to use my blog to bring awareness to this event and highlight a family who has entered. 

Since our daughter was diagnosed with hearing loss we have met many other families facing similar challenges. Since meeting Bobbi and her family, she has always been there when I need to vent, ask questions and get advice. Not only has she supported me, I have heard from many others about the great work Bobbi does to support other families.

Read on to find out more about the this families inspiring story and how this contest could truly change their lives:

Bobbi and her husband Gary have quite the unique family. With six members there is of course a mix of personalities and in their case also various special needs.  Joe, 9 is on the autism spectrum. Kristen, 8 was born with a devastating birth defect called congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Life saving treatments left her deaf requiring two cochlear implants and she also has an autism diagnosis. Courtney, 6 is the family spitfire. 

And last but not least, is Kenny who is 4 and the reason behind this post. He was born at 32 weeks and because his umbilical cord came first blood flow was restricting to his fragile newborn brain. When he was 6 weeks old Kenny was diagnosed with PVL {white matter brain damage}. Doctor's informed the Taylor family that Kenny would have gross motor and developmental delays. During his first year, Kenny also was diagnosed with quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy, cortical visual impairment, infantile spasms and hydrocephalus. As he got older it became necessary to have a g tube placed for supplemental nutrition.

Bobbi describes her family as a normal everyday family who do normal everyday things.......with a twist. This is witnessed in their everyday lives and the experiences they strive to give their children, part of their ongoing commitment to not let anything slow them down.

Kenny has definitely captured the hearts of many with his infectious smile! As much as this family tires their hardest to not let things slow them down, it is becoming evident that a new solution needs to be found for transportation. Currently, his parents are lifting him in and out of the family vehicle into his car seat. As he gets older not only is this impractical it is also harmful to his mom as he gets too big to safely lift. As a stay at home Mom to her four children while her husband works hard to support his family, Bobbi absolutely cannot afford to get injured lifting her son.   

As mentioned above, the winners of this contest will win a wheelchair accessible van. However, contestants need to first make it into the top 10% of votes on the site to make it to the final voting process. This is where we could use your help. Please click the link below to vote. You will need to register which only takes a few minutes with your email, or login via Facebook, LinkedIn or Google +, and you will be able to vote daily. 

For daily reminders join the Facebook page where Kenny's Mom will post daily reminders to vote and the answer to a daily question that you can answer for an extra vote!

Netties Craft Korner has donated two hair clips for one lucky winner in support of this family. Open to Canada/US. Enter to win below.

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Thanks for helping to support the Taylor Family.


  1. Good luck Taylor! I really hope you guys win :D

  2. This is such a wonderful story of a hero... proud to vote for ya!

  3. I just know what it is like to care for someone with a disability. I have taken care of my mother for years. She had degenerative back disease which landed her in a wheelchair. I have done everything for her. It takes a lot of time, patience and courage on a daily basis. While I can understand I certainly do not say that I relate nor know what they deal with on a daily basis as each person is different.

  4. Been voting everyday!!! I hope he wins!!!

  5. This is such a wonderful story , thank you so much for the giveaway ! :)