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Upstate girl looks to social media for new wheels

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Gracie colors with the help of her mom. (File/FOX Carolina) Gracie colors with the help of her mom. (File/FOX Carolina)
Gracie Norris (File/FOX Carolina) Gracie Norris (File/FOX Carolina)

Gracie Norris is just 7 years old. She has cerebral palsy and uses a power chair to get around.

But right now, Gracie's family is facing a financial dilemma. They have been using an electric ramp that allows Gracie to drive her chair in and out of the family's conversion van. But the payment is due on the ramp and they may have to give it back.

Crystal Norris, Gracie's mother, has turned to social media for help. She quit her job years ago, to take care of Gracie after they adopted her when she was 3 years old.

And Gracie has excelled in areas that doctors never expected.

"She has come a long way from being told she couldn't sit up, crawl, walk, talk she can actually read now," Crystal Norris said. "To see her in her power chair chasing people and playing and getting in and out of the vehicle, on the school bus, things like that... it's amazing."

Now, the family is hoping to help her maintain her mobility. The 280-pound power chair is difficult to lift in and out of the van. Without the ramp, Gracie may be forced to stay home from school more often or use a standard wheel chair.

"It is amazing for her to be able to go," Crystal Norris said. "The days that she can't take her power chair, it's upsetting to see because she gets upset and she will cross her little arms and say it's not fair."

The ramp would also be a tremendous help for Crystal Norris when she takes Gracie to her dozens of doctor's appointments every month.

Crystal Norris has established a Facebook page, called "Princess on Wheels." It gives updates about Gracie's condition, her surgeries, her progress, and upcoming fundraisers.

"[I] figured get the word out about fundraisers we're having for her. It was the best route to go," Crystal Norris said.

The hope is that neighbors, friends, and even total strangers will help Gracie get the wheels she needs. It will cost nearly $17,000 to pay for the ramp on the conversion van.

Her family hopes social media will make the difference, to keep Gracie going strong.

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