Moms get a helping hand in caring for their children with disabilities

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The simplest tasks become complicated when you have a child with a disability. Susan Bird's daughter, Elizabeth, was born three years ago with a tumor on her spine that caused her to become paralyzed from her collar bone down.

Helping Elizabeth use the bathroom means mom Susan has to pick her up. That's a task that becomes more difficult each year as Elizabeth grows.

It's the same for mom Candita Crawford, who has to carry her son 13-year-old, 75-pound son, Kelvon, into the shower.

"I can't keep doing it," Crawford said.

Both moms need help. And help is on the way.

Schloegel Design Remodel of Kansas City has selected both families as winners of the third annual "Big Splash Giveaway." It's a free bathroom makeover for families with disabled children.

Bird said she'll never forget the phone call she received at work informing her she'd won.

"I cried," Bird said. "People at work thought something terrible had happened."

A team from Schloegel is already at work remodeling Crawford's downstairs bathroom. The new bath will include a shower that Kelvon can be rolled into in his wheelchair.

Another team is at work on the Bird's bathroom, designing a space that will one day allow little Elizabeth to do many tasks on her own.

"She is so full of energy," Crawford said. "She wants to do everything by herself."

This is the first year Schloegel has chosen two winners. Employee Debby Allmon said there were too many deserving families to choose just one.

No one is more grateful for being selected than Candita Crawford.

"It's very humbling to know that a group of folks out there deemed us worthy to have this done," Crawford said with tears in her eyes. "It's going to change our life. It's going to change our life."

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