A Nova Scotian father whose wife died suddenly is asking for the public's help to buy a wheelchair for his disabled daughter.

In so many ways Payton Given is just like any other little girl.

But Payton is a triplet with spastic cerebral palsy and her Dad says her family is in need of some help.

"It's just too hard to carry Payton around," said Brad Given. "She needs to be able to get around herself. She can't just be crawling on the floor all the time."

Payton needs a wheelchair. Her mother, Amy, passed away in January from a blood disorder and she and her husband didn't have life insurance. Along with the triplets there is an older daughter and money is tight.

Brad Given has asked Nova Scotia's Department of Community Services to provide Payton with a wheelchair.

"We have reached out a little bit but some of the people are saying no," said Given. "Payton has to be a little older before they'll start helping."

Given is trying to raise $5,000 through fund-raising. But he really needs about $60,000. That's the actual cost to buy Payton a motorized wheelchair and the cost to retrofit the family van so everybody can fit in.

So far, about $2,000 has been pledged online.

There's also a benefit and auction on Nov. 24 at the Sackville Super Bowl.

Editor's note: A site set up by a friend of the family is also raising funds for the Givens.