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Dec 22, 2015 5:12 PM

Goffstown community raises more than $50,000 for wheelchair van for local family

GOFFSTOWN- When it comes to raising a child, the old saying goes, "It takes a village." It's true for many, but theespecially McCarthy family in Goffstown has seen a huge outpouring of support these last few months.

Maura, 15, has a rare genetic disorder known as a Duplication and Depletion of her Chromosome 2. She is wheelchair-bound and nonverbal and has become too heavy for her mother Pam to lift in and out of their old van.

Through online donations and fundraisers, the community raised over $50,000 to help them buy a new wheelchair van that was delivered to their home Tuesday afternoon, just in time for Christmas.

Pam calls the donors "Maura's Villagers" as they helped change their lives. She says she never thought the donations would come in so quickly.

"We really want to thank every person who donated to making this happen on the YouCaring account, coming to the fundraiser, donating auction items and silent raffle items, it's very important. We want people to know that the end of our story is a happy one," Pam said.

The McKeryn Bridge Foundation out of Manchester helped with the final stretch of donations and is also helping to cover the cost of registering and insuring the van. Pam says Ride-Away out of Londonderry where they got the van has been helping her try to find one for years.

The van is used and has around 10,000 miles on it, compared to Pam's old van that was not wheelchair accessible and had more than 200,000 miles on it.

"It doesn't matter how little or how much somebody gave, every little bit counted and it was wonderful. So we will enjoy it for many years to come," Pam said.

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