New home in the works for the Josh Carden Project

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. (WBRC) - Those who know Josh Carden say his smile is infectious, despite the hardships he's seen. Carden, an 11th grader at Thompson High School in Alabaster, suffers from cerebral palsy and is wheel-chair bound. In December he lost his grandfather and primary caregiver in a roadway accident.

The community is now rallying around Josh and his grandmother and a group of volunteers are planning to build them a new home. Their current house doesn't have enough space for Josh to comfortably move around with his wheelchair, and his grandmother is still using an outdated wheelchair lift.

"It would be like a miracle, if he could have a new home. Especially one where he could get around easier, that would be magic to him," said Josh's grandmother, Louise Burkett. "He'll tell you he wants to be the best that he can be, even if it is in a wheelchair."

Blueprints are in the works to build Josh a custom home with the help of a builder who is also wheelchair-bound. To get involved or find out more about the Josh Carden Project, visit

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