Mother of son with disabilities gets surprise of a lifetime -

Mother of son with disabilities gets surprise of a lifetime

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FENTON, Mo. ( -

Imagine having a baby born with multiple disabilities and being told that he will only live to the age of five years old. Now imagine that your baby defied the odds and is about to turn 47.

Ruth Hasser was blessed with her son Chris for more than four decades, but as the pair grows older, getting out and about becomes more difficult.
“10 years ago, it wasn't a big deal,” Ruth said. “As I get older and I have my health issues and my arthritis, it becomes really challenging."

In hopes of purchasing a handicapped-accessible van to help with transport, the family tried to raise funds through a GoFundMe campaign.

Unfortunately, the family fell about $20,000 short of what was needed. But Ruth wasn’t discouraged. The family reached out to Veterans United for help and received a surprise of a lifetime.

"Well we get in the back room and there's 30 people, there's all these balloons,” Sarah said. “Lindsey from Veterans United and six of their employees came along and several other people to award us a check for $20,000."

That money was all raised from Veterans United workers donating a portion of their salaries.

"To have perfect strangers help you in your hour of need is just exciting," Ruth said.     

She is now in the process of finding a reliable, used accessible van with low mileage for around $25,000 and also said that she and Chris are really excited for Cardinal baseball to start.

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