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Holiday surprise changes life for boy struck by lightning
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. (12/19/11)--A Virginia Beach, Va., credit union's holiday surprise for the
Noah Addesa's mother, Lisa Addesa, is overcome upon learning that Chartway FCU's charitable arm, the We Promise Foundation, has bought the family a specially designed wheelchair van to enable the home-bound family to transport Noah after a remarkable recovery after being struck by lightning in 2007.
family of 16-year-old Noah Addesa, whose heart stopped after lightning struck him on the left side of his head in 2007 in his backyard, gave an uplifting message about the generosity of credit unions.

The credit union's charitable arm, the We Promise  Foundation, presented the gift of freedom and mobility--a specially-designed, fully paid for, wheelchair van.

Noah's extraordinary recovery--he was dubbed the "Miracle Boy" by thousands of supporters--has left him wheelchair bound. He is unable to walk, talk, fully control movement and to enjoy everyday activities like visiting area family members during the holiday season.

The 6' tall Noah weighs 160 pounds. That and his 105-pound wheelchair make transferring Noah to a vehicle extremely difficult and dangerous for everyone involved, said the credit union.

The day after Noah Addesa's family received the wheelchair van, Noah was thrilled to be able to shop with his mom and enjoy ice cream at Rick's Frozen Custard.  (Photos provided by Chartway FCU)
The family struggled to take him to therapy treatments, doctor's appointments, church, and other off-site activities. Given the sheer strength and effort transportation required, the family was predominantly confined to its home.

The credit union and its foundation invited the Addesa family to its corporate center to surprise them with "Noah's wheels."

As the family arrived, more than 100 employees and supporters welcomed them with applause and signs stating, "We Promised. We Delivered!" and "Chartway's We Promise Foundation is proud to make your dream come true!" and "Honored to bring a smile to your face today."

To experience the heartwarming event, use the link to the video.
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