My name is Spidey De Montrond and my goal is to raise $20,000 to buy a wheelchair-accessible van for my friend and fellow musician, Josh Schwartz. You might know Josh from his years with bands such as Further, Beachwood Sparks, The Hub Caps, Northern Lights and Painted Hills. It's my hope that this fund-raising campaign will enable those who have been touched by Josh's music to give back in his time of need.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a debilitating and progressive degenerative disease resulting in difficulty speaking, swallowing, and eventually breathing. There is rarely an identifiable cause for the disease and no known cure, although there are some treatments known to help ease the pain and discomfort of those afflicted. The van that I am raising money for will allow Josh to access these therapies and treatments in the most dignified and comfortable way possible.
Josh is 43 and has been living with ALS for several years. Signs of Josh's ALS first began in 2009. After seeing doctors in to address troulbe he was having singing, he was diagnosed with ALS. He is currently being treated at the ALS Clinic at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles and is under the home care of his girlfriend Allison. When he has to make the commute to the hospital or go anywhere they have to rent a van which can become very expensive. Having a wheelchair-accessible van would greatly improve his quality of care and overall quality of life
Josh is currently bedridden and requires feeding tubes and breathing tubes. He has a comfortable wheel chair and retinal recognition speech communication monitor that allows him to communicate even though he has lost his vocal abilities. Family and friends regularly donate their time and help to our dear, well-loved friend, and any donations made towards the purchase of this van are greatly appreciated by all.