El Paso, TX--- El Pasoan John Deslongchamps is putting a smile on the faces of children with disabilities one pint sized car at a time.
Deslongchamps is the owner of Pint Size Custom, a local business that builds custom cars for children with disabilities.
"We build and customize these custom cars based on something that the kids enjoy whether it's a movie or a toy. We try and make the cars something that they're comfortable with,” said Deslongchamps.
He first began building these custom vehicles for the local children’s hospitals but after creating a custom vehicle for a young boy named Noah, Deslongchamps decided to help other children in need.
“I learned something with Noah. He has cancer and other disabilities but every morning he wakes up and is smiling and laughing it doesn't matter whats going on in his life he's inspiring cause he wakes up and smiles,” said Deslongchamps.
After watching Noah’s story, Arika Cox decided to reach out to Deslongchamps to see how he could help her 8-year-old daughter Ava.
“Ava is fun loving and happy,” said Arika, “She enjoys playing with her sister and watching cartoons. Mickey Mouse Club House is her favorite and she loves Minnie Mouse. That's her favorite character.”
Ava was diagnosed with TBCK at age five. TBCK is a neuro genetic disorder which causes developmental delays and makes it difficult for Ava to walk on her own.
After learning more about Ava, Deslongchamps agreed to making a custom Minnie Mouse car for Ava, but the car took a little longer to build than usual.
“Because of her condition and her torso we had to build a car around that because she wouldn't fit in our standard cars,” said Deslongchamps.
“I thought it was not going to happen but he did his magic, he did a lot of research he found this amazing car and was able to modify it to fit Ava so we are ecstatic,” said Arika.
Ava’s Minnie Mouse themed car will not only make walks at the park or trips to doctors appointment so much easier for Ava, this new car will also allow Ava’s big sister, Laila, the chance to push her baby sister around in style.