Please. help me become fully, independently mobile again. I really need to have the powerchair so that doing all of the runnings around that my "mom's-life" entails on a given day won't mean that I'll be in extreme pain afterward or too tired to function for the next three ... Read More
Please. help me become fully, independently mobile again. I really need to have the powerchair so that doing all of the runnings around that my "mom's-life" entails on a given day won't mean that I'll be in extreme pain afterward or too tired to function for the next three days. PLEASE give any amount, everything helps, to get us as close as we can to the goal of paying for the lift. I KNOW that we can reach $10,000 for that.
What makes the situation more dire is that when the contractors come to install the lift, they will need a deck that is in sufficiently good condition to safely attach it to. WE DO NOT HAVE THAT NOW, AND THEY CAN REFUSE TO PUT IN THE LIFT, which could delay everything by six months or more. The current deck must be demolished, and a new, powered, covered, securely affixed deck must be built if at all possible BEDFORD THE LIFT ARRIVES. Estimates for the deck work are in the area of $10,000 as well for supplies and labor, bringing the total so far to $20,000.
THAT STILL ONLY MEETS HALF OF THE CRITERIA TO GET MY WHEELCHAIR, since I still need an accessible car. To accommodate my daughter, Meg's wheelchair, plus our large family, I currently drive a Ford E-350 retired airport limo from which we have removed the back seats to fit a lift and wheelchair. The lift, however, is aging and needs replacement, and there is no way to remove it without extreme damage to the car as it was heat-sealed in at installation. A new vehicle or new-to-us vehicle must be found which has securements for two wheelchairs, plus seating for six passengers, and hopefully some room for "stuff" as well. We have no idea how much this will cost, or, to be honest, exactly what the wheelchair manufacturers will consider being 'acceptable' and 'accessible'. We only know that this is another hurdle we must clear to get my wheelchair.
Any and all monies donated will be accepted with great thanks, and you can be assured of careful stewardship in our handling of your trusts. The money will first go to the payment for the lift, as we are already committed to its purchase and installation in the yard, even if at the immediate first moment it isn't fully useable. Next, funds would be put toward the demolition of the old, and rebuilding of the new deck. Material donations are being sought, and volunteers are being recruited to help with labor to make the funding stretch, so again, we are doing EVERYTHING we can to handle gifts responsibly
Should there be anything left over after the renovations to the deck are complete, it will be used toward securing a new vehicle which meets the standards to satisfy the wheelchair manufacturer's specifications, as well as our family's needs.
As you can see, in giving to this cause, the primary beneficiary may be me, Rebecca Statz, in getting the wheelchair I need, but the benefits will reach beyond me, throughout the whole family. Being able to actually get the wheelchair into the living area of the house instead of having to 'check it at the door' will be so wonderful; to perhaps be able to cook dinner some time again rather than just watch as my husband makes it because I can't stand that long, and maybe let him sit after a long day. To let my kids play as long as they want on the playground and not rush off because my legs are too tired to stand anymore. These are the dreams I have. Please help me get there from here.
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Rebecca is wife to Kevin, Mom to Jon, Meg, Joe and Andrew, and daughter of Barbara, and food supplier of Molly family cat. She fights through her Parkinsons and Ehlers-Danlos everyday to do her best for herself and her family. A woman of strong faith, she trusts in Providence yet works hard.
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