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Nine-year-old with cerebral palsy gets big surprise at school Monday morning

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MT. WASHINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- He can't feed himself or walk, but a nine-year-old boy has a new reason to be grateful this Thanksgiving.

It was such a big surprise at a school assembly that it left the entire family in tears.

Cerebral palsy keeps nine-year-old fourth grader Travis Holbert confined to a wheelchair.

"He's an all-around great kid," said Melissa Hemberee, Travis' mother. "He doesn't let anything really get to him, but he doesn't do anything for himself, so that's what we are here for." 

Getting anywhere is difficult for the family with Travis' parents lifting him and his wheelchair in and out of the car. But that all changed today. They got the surprise of a lifetime at an assembly at Travis' Bullitt County school, Crossroads Elementary.

"We've got a wheelchair accessible vehicle for you!" said Tim Hargins of BraunAbility during the assembly. 

"We were trying to do fundraisers and all kinds of stuff to get this money together," Melissa Hemberee said.

And now they won't have to. Businesses including BraunAbility, Superior Van and Ally Financial learned of the family's plight and stepped in to help, giving them the $40,000 UK-blue van and a reason to be especially grateful this Thanksgiving. 

"We saw it, and God leads us in directions sometimes, and here we are," said Sam Cook of Superior Van and Mobility.

"Just to see him excited and happy about it makes me happy," said Travis Holbert's father. "And he lit up, absolutely, and I'm sure he doesn't want to go back to school today. He wants to go riding in the van, but he'll have to wait until this afternoon for that."

"I couldn't be more thankful this year," Melissa Hemberee said. 

"Yeah! Yeah!" Travis Holbert agreed. 

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