Greensboro man’s wheelchair-accessible van stolen in Ohio

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Matthew Stafford depends on his family’s wheelchair accessible van.

The 24-year-old has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and uses the van for job interviews and doctors’ appointments.

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

Last month while visiting family in Ohio someone stole the van.

“We opened up the door and no van,” said Matthew’s mom Terrie. “Someone stole it.”

Insurance will pay for the value of their 2000 Dodge Caravan with high mileage but not enough to replace the extensive modifications made to make it wheelchair accessible.

“If you are an able bodied person you can get a van from somebody,” said Matthew. “You can find something to get you through but it’s really hard to get modifications for these vans.”

On the suggestion from a friend turned the family to www.gofundme.com. The popular site, which has helped many with fundraisers, is now helping the Stafford family.

The family needs about $5,000 more to make the modifications to another van and, as of Wednesday evening, still needed about $4,000.

You can find the Stafford family’s GoFundMe at http://www.gofundme.com/6syqhg.