Serve Moore to help paralyzed boy come home

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MOORE, Okla. - Non-profit volunteers from the well-known group Serve Moore helped rebuild the City of Moore after a season of EF-5 tornadoes in 2013.

With the majority of those projects now complete, Serve Moore is moving in a new direction.

They are trying to help a paralyzed boy come home.

Janneh Britton played football and basketball, until a stray bullet shattered a portion of his spine earlier this year.

Just a few days before his 13th birthday, Britton was walking near S.W. 59th and Agnew, when he was shot by a mystery gunman.

The shooting happened in June and Oklahoma City Police are still investigating.

The department released a suspect sketch but, with no motive and little eyewitness information, the crime remains unsolved.

"Don't let an injury define you," Britton said. "Just because I got shot doesn't make me any less of who I was before."

Britton is recovering from his injuries at The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany.

Six months after his injury, he is learning to live as a quadriplegic.

Paralyzed from the neck down, Britton cannot walk.

He cannot use his arms or sit upright on his own.

"I really want to be home," Britton said. "But, as long as I'm around my family, I'm alright."

Thanksgiving was a challenge this year.

"We are here to take Janneh home to have Thanksgiving dinner with his family," said EMSA paramedic Carey Crump, as she loaded Britton into an ambulance on Thanksgiving day.

Every year, EMSA donates a medical transport to a child in need.

This year, Britton scored got a free ride, complete with medical team, so that he could spend the holiday with his family outside of the hospital.

"That's what the holidays are all about - spending time with your family," Crump said. "We're very fortunate that we get this opportunity to spend time with him and get to know him and make the holidays better for everyone."

Medical experts have told Janneh's family he will never walk again.

But, they have hope.

"I still think he can do whatever he wants to do, as long as he puts his mind to it," said Janneh's mom, Jacqueline Britton. "Faith will take him a long way."

The Britton family has to make some major changes before Janneh can come home.

Their home cannot accommodate his specialized wheelchair or medical equipment.

Serve Moore was born out of the devastation of the 2013 Moore tornadoes.

The organization started with a hashtag and has grown into a community-changing force of volunteer laborers.

"This project will be a little different," said Executive Director Chris Fox. "Normally, a tornado takes care of the demolition for us, and we're there to pick up the pieces. This time, we're going to be knocking down walls to make Janneh's room new and his home new, so that he can come home."

Home renovations are expected to cost about $20,000.

Serve Moore is hopeful the community will donate the funds needed.

"We would love to bring our volunteers," Fox said. "We would love to help bring Janneh home."

Serve Moore is taking donations and can begin work as soon as they have raised enough money to pay for the supplies.

DONATE: Serve Moore helps Janneh Britton come home

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