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"Help Brad Move" Raises Money for Teen Needing Transportation

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - Every teenage boy dreams of the day when he gets his own set of wheels, but not all of them want a car.

Brandon Farbstein, called Brad by his closest friends and family, has big dreams for the day when he has his own Segway.

"It will allow me to hop on and go anywhere and be free," he says. "When I walk long-distances it absolutely kills my legs. I have such tremendous pain."

When Brad was 2 years old, he was diagnosed with metatropic dysplasia, a rare form of dwarfism.

At his last appointment with a specialist, Brad learned he'd need something for mobility. A wheelchair would work. So would a scooter. But this 14-year-old who dares to be different set his sights on the ultimate ride.

"Steve and I challenged him to come up with a way to sell something and raise money towards his efforts," says Brad's mother Sylvia Farbstein.

His parents' challenge evolved into a campaign -- "Help Brad Move."

Capitalizing on the popularity of RVA, Brad started selling the emblems, first in orange because it's happy and the color of anti-bullying. But then his desire for a Segway segued into college colors, a tie dyed version and more.

"I wanted people to see just because the norm is white that you could also have different colors that could brighten up your day as well," Brad says.

"He is building awareness and there's nothing more heartwarming than for us to be driving down the street and seeing a bright orange RVA magnet on the back of a car," Sylvia says.

Brad knows having a Segway will open up the world, but his debut trip will be closer to home.

"Maymont because I've never been able to walk the whole thing without stopping and waiting for myself to recharge."

Brad is about a third of the way to his goal.

Click here for more information about the campaign.


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