One Pampa teenagers struggle is serving as an inspiration to help others. Lauren Pingel, bound to a wheelchair, was never able to have fun on the playground, especially with her younger sister. Now these sisters are pleading for your help in changing that for others.
"Hi my name is Jodi Pingel, I'm a 7th grader at Pampa Junior High School. Hi my name is Lauren Pingel, I'm an 8th grader at Pampa Junior High School".
That's the introduction of their YouTube video that's burning up the internet. Jodi and Lauren are wanting to raise money to build a handicap accessible playground at one of the City's parks as their National Junior Honor Society project.
"It will be in conjunction with one of the other playgrounds. Our goal is not to keep it separate and have a handicap park. We want it to be where everybody can play on the same playground," said the girls father, Brand Pingel.
No one knows how important that is then Lauren, bound to a wheelchair and missing out on the opportunity to play with her younger sister.
"I wasn't able to play, I usually had to make other arrangements or play on the black top or read my book," said Lauren.
Brad is also the founder of Wheel Times, Inc. A non-profit organization that offers a year-round sports program for children and young adults who have mobility challenges. He says there are about 16 children that could benefit from this playground. For the girls, they say they couldn't be more excited to be making a difference.
"It makes me feel like I am making a difference and that like Lauren said, that people won't have to through what she went through," said Jodi.
"We needed something for a long time and we're going to make it happen," said Lauren.
They're hoping to raise a minimum of $15,000 to get monkey bars, a swing set a wheelchair can roll onto, and possibly musical instruments. The more they raise, the bigger the playground. But the family is also hoping to spur action and asking communities around the Texas Panhandle to spark the same kind of fundraiser and build their own handicap accessible playground.
You can watch the YouTube video and make a donation by clicking here.