Toddler gets new walker thanks to generous donors

September 20, 2011 7:02:37 PM PDT
An Alameda special needs child has a new walker after her custom made one was stolen. Thanks to some generous donors, Cambria Hurst is toddling once again.

Three weeks after a thief stole an expensive walker from a special needs child, a San Jose father and son brought her a new one.

Two-year-old Cambria was born with a rare genetic disorder that makes movement very difficult. Cambria had been fitted with a $3,000 walker, but the little red device was stolen from the sidewalk in front of her Alameda home.

"Something like that happens and it makes it that much harder; it's just heartbreaking," Cambria's father Daniel Hurst said.

Joel and Dave Weissbart own Bart Manufacturing in San Jose. After seeing a news report about Cambria's missing walker, they decided to buy her a new one.

"We could see there was a lot of engineering and special equipment attached to it, so we contacted the manufacturer to see what the value is and see if we could possibly work something out," Dave said.

"It makes us feel wonderful to see the heart of humankind coming through," Daniel said. "She can get that little sense of independence that other kids have when they first learn to walk."

Cambria has a new walker, but Alameda police are still looking for those who stole her first one. Anyone with information is asked to contact them.

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