The Jacobs Family

2018 Accessible Van Giveaway Recipients

boy and family in front of van

Read about the deserving family who received a free accessible van.

  • Year: 2018
  • Who: Jonah Jacobs
  • Need: Customized vehicle to increase independence
  • Gift: Safe and reliable wheelchair-accessible van
  • Program: Accessible Van Giveaway

New Van Keeps Active Teen Moving

Jonah Jacobs is an energetic teenage boy. He’s a gamer and artist, quick-witted, strong-willed and has an infectiously positive attitude. Jonah was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) when he was only 3 years old. 

He will tell you, “I simply don’t act like I have a disability. I do everything other teenagers do, it’s just that simple.” His van helps to make this possible.

The Jacobs remind each other all the time: “Everyday we’re given a mountain – sometimes we have to go over it, sometimes under it, and sometimes we have to be crafty to get around it – but we will move the mountain today.”