Deserving Family Receives Van

It’s amazing the power of the Sherwood Park community, and Sherwood Dodge is proud to be a part of it.

With the generous help of numerous Rebekah Lodges and IOOF, single mother Ouida Byskal has been fundraising for a modified van to accommodate for her 8-year old son Tyler, who suffers from Spastic Quad Cerebral Palsy, his twin brother Kelton, and 9-year old brother Grayson. Sherwood Dodge was able to further reward their fundraising efforts with a new 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan van, perfect for the whole family, with a big discount!

Since she lacked the necessary transportation, Ouida has had to carry Tyler to and from vehicles his whole life. She told Sherwood Park News that, “… the power wheelchair has given him the opportunity to explore and be independent, but I needed a way to transport it so that he can do things like wheelchair basketball.”

Throughout their fundraising efforts, the family asked for estimates from many different dealerships, and were unhappy with the response the order received. Judy McPherson, a Rebekah from the Jewel Rebekah 25 lodge in Edmonton, told Sherwood Park News, “I sent an e-mail to Sherwood Park Dodge with a copy of the letter and the estimates, and said ‘Could you please take a look at this, this seems a bit odd.’ All they did was send me an email back saying, ‘We’ll sell you the vehicle for a flat $20,000 and absorb the remaining cost.’”

Sherwood Dodge’s Alan Whack shares a moment with Tyler and his brother.

Thanks to the help of the community, their struggle to find the perfect vehicle is now a heartwarming tale with a happy ending. Ouida tells Sherwood Park News “ [Now] I could go to the park and I’m not carrying [Tyler] or pushing him. He [gets to be] independent,  playing with us, and it’s going to mean a lot for the other two boys [siblings Kelton and Grayson], because it’s been hard on them as well. They need a mom, too.”

On behalf of everyone at Sherwood Dodge, congratulations Ouida, Tyler, Kelton and Grayson on your new van! We wish you and your family all the best.

We would also like to extend a huge thank you to the IOOF and Rebekah Lodges for their efforts. We really could not be more proud to be part of this outstanding community!

Scott Held
Sherwood Dodge