County commissioner leads fundraising effort to help family of Derby man with cerebral palsy

Wheelchair Van for John Hunter GoFundMe page

A Sedgwick County commissioner is working to help a 22-year-old Derby man get the tools he needs to get around.

Jonathan Hunter has cerebral palsy and his family needs a new handicap-accessible van. Recently, Sedgwick County Commissioner Jim Howell set up a GoFundMe page to help. As of Tuesday night, the page had raised more than $8,500 of its $15,000 goal.

"Their current wheelchair van is a worn out 1997 Dodge Caravan and is having more and more expensive and complicated repairs," Howell writes on the GoFundMe page to help Jonathan and his family. "Recently, I helped replace struts, shocks, brakes, a transaxle, a blower motor, an alternator, and more. It’s having other issues now."

Howell says he's working to raise funds through other sources as well to help the family buy a reliable van for Jonathan.