Nathan is 18 years old and has advanced muscular dystrophy. His spunky grandmother provides his full-time care and together they are trying to find a way for Nathan to attend the University of Colorado in the fall. Nathan lives on a fixed income but he is going to college, his Grandmother says, “even if we have to eat rice every day!”
Despite the obstacles Nathan has faced and continues to face as a result of his illness, he continues to dream. He plans to study engineering and there is no doubt that he is up to the challenge.
Although the cost of college is a concern for most families, Nathan’s illness makes the financial burden of university attendance almost insurmountable. Nathan requires 24 hour care, currently provided by his loving grandmother. Nathan must also continually run medical equipment, including oxygen, requiring high and costly electricity consumption. Additionally, Nathan and his grandmother do not own a vehicle that will accommodate Nathan’s wheelchair, so they rely almost entirely on expensive public transportation.
Nathan’s hard academic work has paid off – he’s been admitted to CU! But, without your generosity and good will, the costs associated with Nathan’s muscular dystrophy could prohibit him from attending college. Please find it in your heart to help Nathan and his grandmother absorb the costs of wheelchair accessible housing, transportation to school and doctor appointments, and his required round-the-clock care.
Nathan’s friends have created this website because we believe in Nathan and know that he can achieve his dreams. You can help Nathan overcome one of the most enduring challenges he faces by simply donating here. Any help you can provide would be a blessing.
LET’S GET NATHAN TO CU!!!
Our Goals for Nathan’s Education Fund:
- $2,500 – Starting Off in a New Place
First things first, Nathan and his Grandmother need help with the security deposit and first month’s rent for Nathan’s wheelchair accessible apartment. Rent for the apartment will be more than double what Nathan and his Grandmother pay now.
2. $ 1,000 Transportation To and From School
Nathan’s apartment is near the university, but at the bottom of a very long hill. Nathan will have to rely primarily on door-to-door public transportation, especially during cold weather. Boulder’s accessible van service costs $2.00 each way, which becomes a prohibitively expensive on Nathan’s fixed budget even if Nathan must only make one trip to campus per day. This is all in addition to the cost of transportation to regular doctor visits and other appointments.
3. $15,000 Wheelchair Accessible Van
The ideal solution for Nathan is, of course, that he possess a car of his own. He and his Grandmother must schedule every accessible van ride well in advance, to be certain that they will have transportation. Reservations for the van service are made during a window of time, so Nathan is often forced to wait a long time for the van to arrive and must plan to arrive very early at every event or appointment. In the face of this, every mundane errand becomes difficult and time consuming.
4. PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE. Support for Ongoing Costs of Living and Medical Expenses.
Although we will be overwhelmed and grateful if Nathan is able to begin school this fall in his university apartment with accessible transportation, the truth is that Nathan’s needs do not stop there. Nathan plans to complete his bachelors and graduate degrees at the University of Colorado. We cannot forget that, as Nathan’s education progresses, so will his need for new and better assistive technologies and possibly increased medical care