WICKLIFEE, OH – It didn’t take long for Hannah Arsena and Julia Heintz to become best buds.
The two go to school together in Wickliffe.
"I usually help her with her school work,” said Hannah Arsena.
Julia was born with cerebral palsy and uses an electric wheelchair to get around.
"One of the things we’re working on now is getting her to be able to drive her power chair by herself because that's huge for independence,” explained her mom Debbie. “It's basically like being able to walk and go from one place to another, but we can't do that in this house."
She said their split level house makes it impossible to take the wheelchair upstairs, so instead, they have to carry her to the bathroom and bedroom.
She said with Julia getting bigger, that’s becoming more of a challenge.
“So what we want to do is add a wheelchair lift that will take her and her wheelchair up to the next level so she has access to her bathroom and a bedroom,” said Debbie.
The wheelchair lift plus the necessary renovations would cost around $47,000.
Debbie said they can’t afford to pay that.
She said her husband already works 60-70 hours a week.
"We don't have the money to do all the stuff that she needs,” she said.
Hannah found out about their situation not too long ago and decided she was going to help.
She already set up a go fund me page online and plans to host a lemonade stand and bake sale on Saturday.
"I couldn't just leave her mom to take her up the stairs because she's getting bigger and bigger and her mom can't carry her anymore,” said Hannah.
Debbie said she’s beyond grateful for Hannah’s kindness and more important for her loyalty to Julia.