Bella’s Bumbas creators featured on CBS News

28 Jul
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Rebecca Orr with her niece Bella in a Bella’s Bumba

A Webster couple who have dedicated their lives to helping children in need have just received some national exposure.

For the last year, Rebecca Orr and her husband Marty Parzynski have been building miniature “Bella’s Bumba” wheelchairs for children throughout the country who suffer from spina bifida, a congenital defect in which part of the spinal cord is exposed through a gap in the backbone. The condition commonly causes paralysis of the lower limbs.

Their passion to help was sparked when their niece Bella was born in July, 2015. When she and her siblings came for a visit last summer from their Buffalo home, Rebecca and Marty were troubled by Bella’s inability to move around and interact with other children. Basically she had no other choice but to sit and watch everyone play.

Insurance doesn’t pay for wheelchairs, and the commercial versions of the Bumba wheelchair can cost more than $1,000. So, assisted by plans they found on Pinterest, they decided to build one for Bella.

Word spread, orders started pouring in for the life-changing chairs, and they have built hundreds for children around the world. To this day, Rebecca and Marty still don’t charge anything for the chairs aside from shipping. That generosity and dedication are probably what caught the attention of the national news.

Last week, CBS News came to town to interview Rebecca and Marty and Bella’s parents, and took some great video of a very happy — and mobile — Bella, wheeling around in her Bumba.

The story ran this morning. Check out the video here.

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Bella’s Bumbas are built totally free of charge using donated parts. Monetary donations, or donations of Bumbo chairs, 12-inch tires, and hardware are gratefully accepted. For more information on how you can help, or to request your own Bella’s Bumba, connect with Bella’s Bumbas on Facebook or email bellasbumbas@gmail.com.

You can also stop by the First Annual Bella’s Bumba Family Picnic on Saturday August 26, from 11 am to 3 pm at Webster’s First Responder’s Park, 1350 Chiyoda Drive (next to the Webster Recreation Center).

You can also read more of this story in the column I wrote back in March.

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5 Responses to “Bella’s Bumbas creators featured on CBS News”

  1. Richard Pegley Jr July 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm #

    God has best you in coming up with this item to help so many young and for free.Truly GOD will best you! Thank You

    • Richard Pegley Jr July 28, 2017 at 6:01 pm #

      Sorry I meant bless you not best you.

  2. Melba Jimenez July 29, 2017 at 7:14 pm #

    I am a parent of a 19 year old Cerebral Palsy adult son who is in a wheelchair. I wish this Bumba was available when he was a toddler. Do you make a larger version of this Bumba, and if so, how can I obtain one?

    • websterontheweb July 29, 2017 at 7:22 pm #

      HI Melba, I’m pretty sure they don’t make bigger ones, but you can contact them directly through their Facebook page or email, both of which you’ll find in the blog.

  3. Dolores Bynum July 29, 2017 at 7:21 pm #

    I was so happy to hear about what you and your family are doing for others. May you be blessed in all aspects of your life. Dolores

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