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Huntington University student builds motorized children’s cars to help kids with mobility issues

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - A Huntington University student is helping children who have mobility issues by building electric carts that help them get around better.

Huntington University student Audrey Bruce is working toward her doctorate to become an occupational therapist. That's where she decided to create a chapter of "Go Baby Go."

Originally founded at the University of Delaware, organizers modify children's battery powered cars into a mobility device they can use each day.

Bruce told Fort Wayne's NBC News she chose “Go Baby Go!” as her capstone project, which blends her occupational therapy knowledge with community interaction and involvement.

“Moving around is crucial to children’s development and for exploring their environment," Huntington University student Audrey Bruce said. "But what if a child can’t walk or move much at all?"

She said each vehicle costs $500 to buy and modify.

The program set up five kids to receive customized carts, and volunteers are customizing each car based on what each child requests.

Bruce partnered with the Rotary Club in Fort Wayne to help fund the effort and to provide hands-on help during the build day when volunteers will modify the first “Go Baby Go!” car.

Volunteers will start working on March 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Huntington University’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy Fort Wayne campus.

Bruce said she wants to help kids get around easier, give them a sense of comfort and bring a smile to their faces.

Bruce told Fort Wayne's NBC News she has volunteers already willing to help, but if you'd like to sign up visit, gbgfortwayne.org.

Vince Lovergine

Vince Lovergine joined the WPTA team August 2020 as a multimedia journalist.

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