Teen Mom 2 star Leah Calvert’s daughter Aliannah Simms continues to get all the tools she needs to help deal with her muscular dystrophy — first there was the horse gifted to her by her grandparents for horse riding therapy, and now she finally has her own pink wheelchair!
UPDATE – Click here for more photos of Ali and her new wheelchair! (As well as the rest of #TeamAli, including what appears to be an MTV film crew.)
The photo above surfaced on Facebook earlier today and shows Ali in her new wheelchair, which looks to be a Permobil K450 MX in “Popstar Pink.” One thing that may not be obvious from the above photo is that the K450 MX has a seat that raises and lowers, allowing for an amazing amount of mobility while in the chair. Here is a photo of the chair with the seat elevated:
Leah hinted at Ali’s new chair on Twitter a couple of weeks ago. “I hope everyone enjoyed tonight’s episode.. we still have the loaner chair, but sadly it’s out of my hands,” she wrote, in reference to the wheelchair featured on an episode that was loaned to Ali. “We are thankful for what we have,” Leah continued, “but excited to get Ali’s personal pink wheelchair for school etc. Say many prayers that we will have it soon. Xoxo”
It seems the prayers have worked!
Leah tweeted her appreciation to her fans and talked about starting a foundation, which I assume is The Aliannah Hope Foundation that she and others have been working on for a while:
You guys have been more than hopeful and we couldn’t thank all of you enough! We can’t wait to start the foundation and be able to raise Money to give back to the ones that gas been here and helped through this journey!! @PermobilUSA @GoNumotion @nationwidechild
As is often the case with pretty much everything any of the moms of Teen Mom 2 do, Ali getting a horse combined with Leah spending money on her cosmetics business amidst complaints of financial hardship set off a cavalcade of criticisms. Leah responded with a series of tweets that I’ve compiled (and edited a bit to help the flow) for you here:
As I’m reading through my twitter feed I can’t help but wonder what goes through some of your minds. First off, the horse was given to the girls by her grandparents and is for Ali to use for therapeutic riding. Second, the money I spend, or “spent” so to say, wasn’t only on make up. You guys do seem to forget that this is reality TV and many things are edited to fit timing, etc. So you guys really should take a step back to THINK before being so judgmental.
I love to hear you opinions, even the ones that are so hurtful, because I take it to heart and try to let it make me a stronger person by looking at opinions as a lesson, and be more understanding of what each and every one of you guys are trying to say to me. I try to share my story in the most inspirational way possible. All I’ve ever tried to do is stay loyal and honest to each of my viewers so you can relate to certain circumstances and either learn or give me the advice I love accepting, and remaining strong through all the ups and downs that I have.
I appreciate everyone, and will always remain the person I was 5 or 6 years ago. Remember, I don’t do this for myself, I do this for others. I love my daughters with all of my heart, and all I will ever want for them is an amazing life and for them to be able to look up to their mommy as a role model.
I hope in time each and every one of you guys out there all over the world can see I care about every human being and all I want is to make a difference and bring peace to everyone out their. I’ll be the first to admit I put everything before myself and I always will because I am so soft-hearted and only want the best for my family and the world itself.
I love each and every one of you guys and I hope my journey on Teen Mom 2 has made a difference in many others’ lives!! We love you guys!!! #AAA
Congrats to Ali on her new chair and her new horse, and congrats to Leah (and Corey, I assume) for providing so much for their daughter!