Cancer may have left 13-month-old Evelyn Moore of Canada paralyzed, but it hasn't stolen her will to explore the world around her, just like any other toddler.
According to CTV News, the "curious" tot is too small for a regular wheelchair, so Evelyn's mom Kim, who yearned for her daughter to have independence like other children her age, looked around for solutions, and found a photo on Pinterest of a Bumbo seat converted into a DIY wheelchair. By adding kids' bike wheels to the sides, and mounting the seat on the cutting board, Moore and her husband created the perfect way for their daughter to move. And boy, does she!
"She really gets around now," Moore says about Evelyn's seemingly natural skill in the teeny wheelchair, which is decorated with encouraging messages and even bares the signatures of pro hockey players from her favorite team.
Watching Evelyn tool around in her DIY chair, it's easy to think she was born knowing how to operate it. But as Moore explains, "She went backwards first and then she went forwards, and then she figured out how to turn." The proud mom adds, "Now we have a speed bump in the middle of our living room because she just goes that fast."
After everything this family has been through—the Moores learned their daughter had a stage 4 neuroblastoma tumor on her spine when she was just 4 months old, and later, that she would be permanently paralyzed below her arms—there is finally some good news to focus on: Evelyn's cancer is in remission!
Meanwhile, her parents' attitude through the entire ordeal is just as inspiring as watching how Evelyn has risen to the challenges she's faced. Says Moore about the tough times, "You go home and you cry and you come back the next day and be the strongest mom and dad you can ever be."
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.