Berry children hit the court to participate in fundraiser for family


by Courtney Zubowski/ KHOU 11 News

Posted on August 26, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 27 at 4:46 PM

HOUSTON—The support continues for three children who lost their parents in a car accident last summer.

Joshua and Robin Berry died in a car accident on July 2, 2011.

Their three children, Peter, Aaron and Willa survived. The boys were left paralyzed from the waist down.

Since the accident in West Texas, people from across the country and around the world have been touched by their heartbreaking story.

They’ve set up fundraisers to benefit their trust.

Sunday, for the first time ever, Peter and Aaron were able to participate in a fundraiser dubbed “Hearts, Hot Wheels ‘N Hoops.”

The day-long event at Emery Weiner School allowed the brothers to play alongside their friends during a wheelchair basketball tournament.

TIRR donated the sports wheelchairs and Melanee Weiser, the basketball coach at Emery Weiner School, coordinated the event.

“It’s amazing and it’s just so generous and so nice. I’m happy to see all of my friends and play wheelchair basketball with them,” Aaron Berry told KHOU 11 News.

The boys said they are overwhelmed by the amount of support they’ve received over the last year.

“I asked my aunt yesterday, I was like, ‘How did my Mom and Dad know so many people,’” said Peter.

Peter, Aaron and Willa now live with their aunt and uncle. They attend Beth Yeshurun Day School; the school they attended before the accident.

“We have fun at school and then we come home and we do our homework stuff, just no electronics during the week,” said Aaron. The boys said they wished they could play their X-Box during the week.

Peter says at times it’s rough. He recently made a trip back to the home where they lived with their parents.

“I try not to think about it much,” he said. “I’ve gotten better. I’ve recovered.”

Peter and Aaron must rely on wheelchairs to get around, but the brothers say they’ve gotten used to it.

“It’s not good, but it’s not bad,” said Aaron. “You get used to it quickly.”

Peter hoped that the wheelchair basketball tournament would help his friends understand what he’s going through.

“What I would like is if you’re not paralyzed you don’t know. I want people to be educated and know,” said the 5th grader.

About 200 people attended the Sunday tournament. All of the money raised will go to the children’s trust.