Updated: November 27, 2020 09:45 PM
Created: November 27, 2020 02:14 PM
WEBSTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — It may be the season for giving, but a Webster couple knows what it is like to give 365 days of the year.
"Bella's Bumbas is a non for profit organization that we started in 2017 a little over three years ago, May of 2017, and it's about giving children who are unable to walk, infant children, ages one through five or size-wise, the ability to be free and to move around like other kids via a little wheelchair we make for them," Marty Parzynski said.
One grateful parent is Kelly Palizay, whose daughter, Briel, benefits from a chair made by Bella's Bumbas.
"It has given the gift of mobility for her I guess which is huge. She's starting to walk around and her sister can't yet. She's slowly working on a little bit of crawling, but when she can sit in a chair she can walk and we're hoping eventually, Briel will start moving her hands on the wheels so she can get around a little too and see the things that Aleina gets to see," Kelly Palizay said.
Marty Parzynski and Rebecca Orr started this organization when their niece Bella was born with Spina Bifida. They wanted to give Bella the freedom to move as she pleased. They found a print on Pinterest and the rest is history.
"And the little girl loved it and she took right off in it and was able to move around with her brothers and sisters," Parzynski said.
About 1,600 chairs and 40 countries later, other kids like Briel are now also able to move around with their siblings.
"My husband actually built Briel's chair, or helped build it, and we learned a little bit more about the organization and it just makes so much sense like I don't know why I didn't think of it... to make these chairs for kids that can't afford it. Or the insurance process is so difficult. Like when do I get their first wheelchair," Palizay said.
But it's more than just a chair.
"This little chair gives them the ability to do something that they want to do. For them to have that freedom to get around and do things for themselves that's our reward... that's what we enjoy most about it," Parzynski said.
The chairs are provided at no cost to families in need.
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