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The new KTLA's "Problem Solvers" series is all about helping community come together and contributing to solving problems. This week's breathtaking story is about a 11 year old young boy, Avery Faeth, who is diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy before his third birthday.

Avery's Story

Avery's mother, Lee Ann Faeth, has filed a claim with the insurance providers to cover for a Permobil C400 VS Junior, a standing power chair that according to the doctors will "enhance and elongate the sixth-grader's life." Unfortunately, the claim was denied by United Healthcare and the state-funded DME agency. The family was left with no choice but to turn to Fundraisers, Facebook support, and GoFundMe, which is a website for raising money for good causes.

United Healthcare responded to KTLA's Problem Solvers team with the statement: "We empathize with the Faeth family's difficult situation. Based on the terms of the benefit plan and consistent with federal standards, the upgraded wheelchair is not covered. We shared information with the Faeths on how to obtain an independent review of their request."

Community Contribution

After the story about Avery aired on KTLA 5 news,, there has been a tremendous outreach from the local community to help the Faeth family, including Clay Matthews from Green Bay Packers of the National Football League who sent out tweets to help Avery's family with the overwhelming financial struggle associated with fighting DMD. Along with Clay Mathews, the local community members, including the staff of Orchard Supply Hardware in Granada Hills and Mickey Segal (Accounting Firm Managing Partner), have contributed towards the goal of buying the C400 VS Junior standing power chair for Avery. Being touched by Avery's story, we are proud to be among the contributors to the good cause.

"He's such a special kid, very active...and it feels very good, I'm very happy about it. We are going to take care of him." Jack Kell, Owner of Sherman Oaks Medical.

If you wish to help Avery contact KTLA using this form.