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Elmwood Park Boy With Special Needs, 7, Gets New Set Of Wheels

Phil Cheski and Jeff Leider check on Gavin's new stroller. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
Gavin Cheski, 7, of Elmwood Park takes his first seat in his new stroller donated to him Sunday. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. — An Elmwood Park family gained an easier path, thanks to a stroller donation for their 7-year-old son with special needs from a local nonprofit organization on Sunday.

The Let Them Be Little X2 Foundation picked Gavin Cheski as the recipient of the new stroller to improve his mobility. Gavin has a rare genetic disorder that affects the blood flow to his lower limbs, his mother, Robyn Cheski, told Daily Voice.

"It's amazing," said Cheski, moments after Gavin sat in his new stroller for the first time at Applebee's in Garfield. "It's going to change his everyday [life]."

Let Them Be Little was founded by Jeff Leider, who was inspired by the journey of his sons Jason and Justin. Leider organized the gift of the $4,000 stroller with the help of a donation from Bill Carroll of Wayne.

"It took me 1.5 seconds to write a check, I don't deserve any credit for that," Carroll said. "Jeff does all the work. I'm just incredibly impressed by the amount of people who come out, volunteer and just do it from their heart."

Gavin's stroller has a canopy, tray and durable tires to handle the family camping trips they enjoy.

"He's got a fully loaded stroller if there could ever be one," Leider said.

Robyn Cheski said her son loved his new wheels, and it came just in time as he outgrew his old one.

The Cheskis ran into Leider while on separate trips to Washington, D.C. and "everything fell into place," Robyn said.

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