Heston Stein pulled into his driveway the exact moment his phone rang. Although he believed this call would come one day, his heart still skipped a beat when he saw the number. After discovering Chive Charities and reading the stories about what they could do, Heston knew this was the organization that was going to help his son.
Just how much his family’s life was about to change, he could not have known.
When the Steins joyously welcomed triplets Logan, Kaylee, and Griffin into the world, they received news that neither of them were prepared for. Their son Griffin was born without eyes. He had a rare genetic disorder called SOX2 Amophthalmia Syndrome, which in addition to blindness, came with a host of symptoms that would affect Griffin his entire life. Griffin needed to be fed through a feeding tube, would be restricted to a wheelchair, suffered significant hearing loss, and could not communicate.
Although their need for assistance was great, the Steins only asked for one thing: transportation. They needed an ADA vehicle that could safely transport their family of 5, including Griffin’s wheelchair. Chive Charities purchased an ADA van with a $35,000 grant from Chive Fund. However, there was still more we could do to help this special family.
Chivers read the original story about how we bought the Steins a van, but their eye wandered to the small, brick house in the background of the photos. It was too small. They looked back at the story, and knew that yes, the van would change this family’s life forever. It was a good thing. But Chivers have never aimed to be just “good.” They had a different idea…
Chive Nation raised a staggering $165,000 in 72 hours to build the Steins a home that could accommodate Griffin’s needs.
So, 2 years ago, construction began on their home.