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In the wake of all the violence and destruction seen in Baltimore last month, a story is emerging of an outpouring of support — and an online fundraising campaign — for a Baltimore woman and her severely disabled child left homeless by the chaos.

Rioters robbed local businesses of their wares, but took far more from 7-year-old Khai’Lee Sampson, including critically needed medical equipment, when his home went up in flames after a nearby liquor store was set afire.

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Photo Credit Baltimore Sun

“They took everything from my child,” Khai’Lee’s mother, Laporsha Lawson, told the Baltimore Sun.

Her son developed cerebral palsy after a severe asthma attack when he was 18 months old, and is not able to speak or move his arms and legs. Among the items they lost in the fire that night was a customized wheelchair designed to fit his body.

“His wheelchair was his legs,” said Lawson, who now struggles to move the 40-pound boy without it.

“It’s hard to carry him,” she added. “But I’m his mom. This is what I do.”

Baltimore riot story you’re not supposed to see:
Protesters ‘took everything’ from my disabled child

While insurance is expected to help replace some of the medical equipment, others have taken it upon themselves to help out further by setting up an online fundraiser for Lawson and Khai’Lee, who live with her parents for now.

Set up through Indiegogo, more than $27,000 has been donated, and while organizers are thrilled, they’re hoping for more.

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Lawson home – Photo Credit Baltimore Sun

“From college students on tight budgets to local businesses and major corporations, your giving has far exceeded the goal we set… in such a short amount of time… but we’re not through yet!” an update on the page states.

“Let’s see this campaign to the finish line and rebuild Baltimore, one family, one heart at a time starting with Porsha Lawson and her son, Khai’Lee! #RebuildBaltimore #Community #Love.”

BizPac Review readers interested in helping the family can visit the page here – Rebuilding Baltimore – Porsha and Khai’Lee.

Tom Tillison

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