Local student with disability to benefit from school stair lift

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Walking up the stairs is something most people take for granted. For Max Vertin it can be a huge struggle.

"It's not easy a lot of times. I feel very tired after I climb up a big set of stairs," said fifth grade student Max Vertin.

Max has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which affects his muscle function. Next year he starts middle school at St. Cecilia and there's no elevator.

Luckily the $30,000 needed for a stair lift has now been raised thanks to "Give Hastings Day" donors. That takes a huge weight off the shoulders of Max's mom.

"When you have a child with special needs it's magnified by a 100 fold. To know that he's in a place where he's safe and cared for and taken care of, it's a huge relief," said Betty Vertin, mother of Max Vertin.

That relief is something students, parents and school workers have been striving for.

"We are like a big family. Like any family we have our issues and our concerns, but everyone pulls together to really support each other," said Principal Sandy Vancura of St.Cecilia Middle/High School.

Support, in the form of a stair lift, is something Max and his family are forever grateful for.

"Very excited. It'll help me not get as tired as usual," said Max Vertin.

Starting next Monday the process for getting the stair lift installed will be underway.