A newly created foundation is paying it forward after the community helped the founders' son achieve an ambitious goal. Jason Robinson was born with spina bifida. His school bought him a racing wheelchair. Now the Robinsons are helping other disabled children get involved in sports. Our Cara Thomas shows us how more than 100 golfers chipped in to help an 11-year-old girl.
ORISKANY FALLS, N.Y. -- For 11-year-old Mikayla Hurley, standing still isn't easy. It takes a lot of concentration and strength, especially being born with spina bifida.
"She was born 12 weeks early. So right there was pretty touchy in the beginning. But she's always had the determination and wanted to be like everybody else," said Colleen Hurley, Mikayla's mom.
But on Sunday, not only was she standing in front of more than 100 golfers at the annual T.P Open golf tournament in Oriskany Falls. She was teeing off the first ball.
This year the tournament was helping kids with physical disabilities. It benefited a newly created charity called the JRob Foundation. It's in honor of Jason Robinson, a 10-year-old boy with spina bifida, whose school raised enough money to buy him a brand new racing wheelchair so he could compete in this year's Boilermaker Wheelchair race.
JRob Foundation Founder Erin Robinson said, "In order to pay it forward we are now raising money to buy adaptive equipment for other kids who don't have the opportunity to participate in sports because of their physical disability."
"Some kids if you can't do sports at all, your other options are to sit on the couch and watch tv or play in their room. And you've got to get outside and get some exercise sometimes," said Jason Robinson.
The JRob Foundation will be using all the proceeds to help a close friend. Mikayla will be receiving her very own hand cycle.
"She can go bike riding with us. She couldn't before. So this will be pretty awesome for her. It'll be easy for her," says Colleen Hurley.
That donation is just the first step for the JRob Foundation as it continues to help Central New York children break barriers.