Fundraiser held for 5-year-old girl with cerebral palsy - New York News

Fundraiser held for 5-year-old girl with cerebral palsy

Posted: Updated:
Schuyler Regna, 5, has cerebral palsy and epilepsy seizure disorder. (Photo by Kaitlyn Pratt/myfoxatlanta) Schuyler Regna, 5, has cerebral palsy and epilepsy seizure disorder. (Photo by Kaitlyn Pratt/myfoxatlanta)
DORAVILLE, Ga. -

A community came together on Friday to help a 5-year-old girl who is need of a special van to get around.

Schuyler Regna does not talk. Instead, she communicates through smiles and touches the hearts of strangers.

At birth, Schuyler fit in her mother's hands. Nearly six years later, she's become too big to easily carry.

The little girl has cerebral palsy and suffers from seizures related to epilepsy. She depends on her wheelchair to get around.  Traveling is tough.

"We put her in her car seat and then, my husband, or if it's me and somebody else, we'll lift it together to put in the back of the van. It can be quite taxing," said Jayme Regna, Schuyler's mother.

Her family is hoping to buy an accessible van that allows Schuyler to remain in her chair. It's a pricey purchase they've struggled to fund for two years.

The family already owns a van, but they said it's too old to install a handicap ramp. So right now, Schuyler has to be lifted up, lifted in and out every time she travels.

On Friday, Chick-Fil-A in Doraville hosted a "Spirit Day" fundraiser event.  A portion of each receipt left behind by customers will go toward a new van.

"It was very exciting knowing that there was somebody else who cared and wanted to help," said Jayme Regna.

Hundreds of dollars were raised in just a few hours.

"You see the compassion and you see the thrilling things that can happen having a special needs kid," said Charles Regna, Schuyler's father.

The family says they hope to pay it forward and create their own non-profit to help other special needs children who share their circumstances.

Anyone who wishes to help can go to any Well Fargo bank and donate to the "Schuyler Regna" account.

Click here to visit their Facebook page.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • GIRLTALK #takeover

    Angela Simmons reaches out

    Angela Simmons reaches out

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:09:20 GMT
    The Boys and Girls Club of Newark seems like the last place you'd expect to find the daughter of hip hop royalty. But when it comes to inspiring young girls, Angela Simmons, daughter of Rev. Run of Run DMC, believes in the old adage "each one, teach one." While it may seem like she had a silver spoon in her mouth, she knows the importance of giving back.
    The Boys and Girls Club of Newark seems like the last place you'd expect to find the daughter of hip hop royalty. But when it comes to inspiring young girls, Angela Simmons, daughter of Rev. Run of Run DMC, believes in the old adage "each one, teach one." While it may seem like she had a silver spoon in her mouth, she knows the importance of giving back.
  • NYSE rings bell for pediatric cancer awareness

    NYSE rings bell for pediatric cancer awareness

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:00:54 GMT
    On Wednesday, the world famous New York Stock Exchange closing bell rang in honor of pediatric cancer awareness. The Loccisano family says their beloved Frankie heard the bell all the way up in heaven. Frankie's grandmother says she is convinced of it. Camille Loccisano, Frankie's mother, is the executive director of Frankie's Mission, a nonprofit pediatric cancer foundation named in her son's honor.
    On Wednesday, the world famous New York Stock Exchange closing bell rang in honor of pediatric cancer awareness. The Loccisano family says their beloved Frankie heard the bell all the way up in heaven. Frankie's grandmother says she is convinced of it. Camille Loccisano, Frankie's mother, is the executive director of Frankie's Mission, a nonprofit pediatric cancer foundation named in her son's honor.
  • Metro-North safety practices faulted

    Metro-North safety practices faulted

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:07:45 GMT
    The Metro-North Railroad has sacrificed safety for on-time performance, according to a report released Wednesday by a Metropolitan Transportation Authority panel. The report echoes an assessment conducted this year by the Federal Railroad Administration, which investigated after a string of Metro-North accidents including a December 2013 derailment that killed four riders in the Bronx.
    The Metro-North Railroad has sacrificed safety for on-time performance, according to a report released Wednesday by a Metropolitan Transportation Authority panel. The report echoes an assessment conducted this year by the Federal Railroad Administration, which investigated after a string of Metro-North accidents including a December 2013 derailment that killed four riders in the Bronx.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices