A child who was nearly killed in a DUI crash celebrated his 3rd birthday at a party on Sunday.
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"This is great
being able to get him out of the house and having a birthday for him
it's so awesome," said Izaiah's father, Jacob Wallis. "It's a blessing to have all these people who are supporting us and who care for him."
Izaiah is celebrating his 3rd birthday, a milestone that almost did not happen after a horrific crash in Oceanside in October of 2010.
An unlicensed teenage driver who was also drunk and high slammed into Izaiah and his grandfather as he took the baby on a morning walk.
Both survived, but barely. Izaiah was partially blinded and paralyzed from the chest down. He will need around-the-clock care for the rest of his life.
Many people have stepped in to help Izaiah's family. This time, it's Chula Vista Presbyterian Church.
"Today is about celebrating," said Chula Vista Presbyterian Church pastor Bob Davis. "What started as a hard thing has turned out to be an incredible blessing."
Lucy Verde, Izaiah's mother, told 10News, "We're so thankful that people we don't even really know did all this for my son and helped us celebrate his 3rd birthday."
Icing Smiles Organization also helped out and provided a 2-foot tall Elmo birthday cake. When Izaiah set his eyes on the cake, his smile lit up the room.
The local charity Passion4KIDS has raised more than $100,000 to help the Wallis family buy a new home that is wheelchair-accessible. However, there is still a long way to go. They still need $250,000 more.
If you'd like to help, you can visit Passion4KIDS.com
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