Community buys $48K van for man with cerebral palsy

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ELMHURST, Ill. — Sam Williams is a father of two who has cerebral palsy.

Williams uses a wheelchair, which makes it harder for his family to enjoy time together, but that doesn't stop him from working at Easter Seals where he helps other people.

A group in Elmhurst came through early for Christmas by buying Williams a conversion van that cost around $48,000.

Williams was surprised with the van Wednesday afternoon.

“We want to show our community that this is how you embrace people in need,” Kristin Morrow said.

Williams did have another van, until it broke down.

"And as most families do, when someone needs help, we rally together and make it happen," said Jen Knuth.

Knuth, and others at Fitt-RX Fitness Studio raised much of the money needed to buy the maroon van that's specially equipped with a ramp that Williams can use.

"We were so inspired by his story, and he's done unbelievable things," Morrow said.

Also pitching in was the annual No Frills Fun Run.

They have raised over $300,000 for more than half a dozen needy families since they started the effort years ago.

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