- Last Updated on 09:44 AM 04/05/13
- BY Tiffany Hudson
With a contagious laugh and a personality that can light up any room, 4-year-old Oliver Webber continuously adjusts to his ever-changing life.
And in more ways than one, he is his mother’s hero.
According to his mother, Chelsea, she had a difficult birth, and Oliver didn’t receive the oxygen he needed. He was soon diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Chelsea said her son also has a g-tube in place and suffers from epilepsy.
Although Oliver’s needs are expensive, his mother said, “We’ve been taken care of through the state of Virginia, through support from the school and by family.”
The Meadville Elementary School preK student has inspired his mom in more ways than one during his short life.
“When he had to have casts, I made a doll with casts because it was hard to explain. The doll made it easier. Now I make them for other kids too,” said Chelsea.
She makes Medical-Me dolls, and Oliver has one that has a g-tube just like him. He’s his constant companion.
Constantly traveling for therapy and treatment, and seeing the costs add up for the family, Chelsea also was inspired to go back to school.
“Before I had him I wasn’t sure exactly in what direction I wanted to go with my life or what I wanted to do. He’s led me in a new direction in my life. It’s been life changing,” she added.
Training to be an Anat Baniel Method practitioner, Chelsea helps with a lot of Oliver’s treatment and therapy and hopes to one day help other children like Oliver as she plans to soon open her own practice.
Recently, Oliver received a power wheel chair that has helped life calm down for the Webber family.
“A lot of things have gotten easier. He’s in school, and he has the wheel chair,” said Chelsea.
After several people began to question how Oliver was doing, Chelsea decided to create a Facebook page nearly a year ago. The Facebook page received such positive feedback that she recently created the “All for Ollie” webpage.
And although Chelsea said Oliver has everything he needs, the opportunity for the family to receive a new van solves the last piece of the puzzle.
“We’d be able to go to fun places. I don’t want to sit at home with my kids. I want him to have the opportunity to be normal and have fun,” said Chelsea.
The new van, which is available through National Mobility Awareness Month, will go to the contestant who has the most votes for the top five percent and the three most inspired hero stories. The final date to vote is May 11.
Chelsea and Oliver are hoping friends and family will go to his website and vote for his family to win the van.
If the family doesn’t win the van, a fundraiser may be held in the fall to raise funds.
“Anyone who has met him has fallen in love with him. He loves his brother, loves being around people and is constantly picking up on little stuff. He’s really funny,” said the proud mother.
The past four years have taught Chelsea to appreciate the little things and every little milestone that is reached.
“It’s made us better parents,” she added.
Oliver will be attending kindergarten at Scottsburg Elementary School in August. He has a little brother, 3-year-old Andrew, and he is the son of Nathan and Chelsea Webber of Halifax.
“I hope that people will see that his laughter, smile, it has inspired others. That’s what a hero is…and he is so young. He is my hero…I just want to share Ollie with other people,” Chelsea concluded.
To vote for Oliver Webber to receive a new van go to www.allforollie.com and cast a vote. Voting ends May 11, and persons are allowed one vote a day.