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Community rallies around inspiring Hartford boy in need of a wheelchair accessible van

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) - When Izaiah Lorenzo returns home each day, his mom, Christina Burgos, greets him at the bus stop and pushes his wheelchair up an inadequate ramp into their Hartford rental. 

Izaiah possesses a palpable sense of warmth and joy even though he's faced immense challenges ever since he was born at 23 weeks, weighing just over one pound. 

"His entire hand wrapped around the tip of my pinkie," says Burgos.

Given just a ten percent chance of making it, Izaiah survived.  But, at eighteen months old, the family received devastating news. 

"He was diagnosed with quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy," remembers Burgos.  "At that time, I was 19.  They were new words for me."

Despite his physical limitations, the 12-year-old thrives at school, getting As in math and inspiring his community. 

A huge football fan, he recently touched the hearts of the Manchester Sentinels who helped him score an honorary touchdown during a game. 

"It was really amazing," says Izaiah.  "I was in tears once I scored." 

"It was literally a dream come true for him," says his mom.  "I think if Izaiah didn’t have wheels for legs, he’d be running on a field all year long."

But getting around is extremely difficult for Izaiah.  That's why Burgos recently turned to GoFundMe for help raising money to buy a wheelchair accessible van. 

"It would change a life," she says.  "I know how much it would mean to him and, at the end of the day, I just want his life to be that much easier."

Izaiah dreams of someday becoming a coach and visiting exciting places. 

"I think I’m right for the job because I’d be a good role model," he says. 

His mom works everyday to help her optimistic, loving boy achieve his goals. 

"As parents, we want our children to be happy and to really experience all those little things," she says.

Since filming this story, Izaiah has become sick and is currently in ICU at the hospital.  The family is asking for the public to help - by sending prayers.

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