Please help us get a handicapped van #YouCaringGives

For: John and Mary Hathaway
Graniteville, SC
Organizer: John Hathaway Ocds
Please help us get a handicapped van #YouCaringGives (John and Mary Hathaway)
$4,685
of $40,000 goal
11% Complete
Raised by 58 donors

The Story

I am a 40 year old husband and father of four (living). I have a genetic disorder called Marfan syndrome, which among other things causes aneurysms. I spent 3 months in the hospital 4 years ago after my last aortic repair. I still have an abdominal aneurysm and am trying to keep it stable until my next surgery, which is likely to leave me paralyzed. Our eldest daughter has the same disorder.
My wife was just unexpectedly laid off from her job, and I am on disability. We had been making just enough to get by. Now, we're trying to navigate all the different "assistance" and programs that take a certain amount of time to get approved/start actually paying and/or require you to have no resources. In 2008, we bought a 2000 Chevy Express 3500, modified, for cash. It was previously a government vehicle, then a cab. We've only had to pay for maintenance, but even that has been difficult. At over 260K miles, and the van or lift unpredictably malfunctioning, we need to get a much newer vehicle that will last us 10 or more years.  A fully modified van that would fit all of us would cost close to $50,000, but for about $30,000, we could purchase a slightly used van and have a lift installed.  Please help!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 23, 2018

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Posted on March 23, 2018

Thank you for your generosity!  My sincerest apologies for not updating recently.  The last few months have flown by.  Through a network of friends and contacts, a generous individual has donated a van to us via Catholic Charities.  It is actually older than the van we had, but half the mileage and a more functional van in terms of its adapted features.  Hopefully, it will last a couple years while we try to raise up money for a new vehicle.  

Posted on November 26, 2017

Posted on November 26, 2017

Please share the link and donate if you can, but use hashtag #YouCaringGives
Next week, YouCaring will be selecting 10 fundraisers to get $500.

Posted on October 8, 2017

Posted on October 8, 2017

I have lowered the goal to reflect some generous donations through checks and PayPal (thank you everyone!). The van we had a lead on didn't work out, but things are looking up.

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