OAK GROVE, Mo. — A man who is battling cancer, is getting help from the community he grew up in with two different efforts.
Trent Borland’s family and friends said their first goal is to raise more money to get him a van with a lift.
Borland said the town, along with the help of their church raised $10,000 through a garage sale. He said that money goes toward a new, used van with a lift installed.
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But the Borlands will need about $20,000 more to get that van. Borland’s wife Stephanie said it has to have a ramp and the floor has to be dropped in the van because her husband’s wheel chair is 56″ high. She said there are only a few minivans that allow that kind of space.
Borland is a father of two girls and former employee of an excavating company. He said doctors told him he had a spinal tumor in August. He underwent surgery and as a result of that, is now paralyzed.
Borland said he is undergoing therapy and has many weekly appointments. But he has to use a driving company that strictly takes him to appointments. He said a family van would be helpful.
“It would allow me to leave the house and experience my kids games and to just build or go to church,” he said.
The Borlands can’t go back to their house. It was a two-story home that wasn’t set up for Borland’s wheelchair.
Before he was diagnosed, Borland started building another home for his family. He said volunteers with his church, First Baptist church of Oak Grove, are helping to finish the home.
“I just can’t even put it into words that there are people working on our house that we don’t even know and people sending us money that we don’t know,” Stephanie Borland said.
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