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

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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.

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