Diane Tranchell - ALS - Lou Gehrig Disease

For: Diane Tranchell / ALS Society of Michigan
Organizer: Colleen Pace
$9,505
of $15,000 goal.
Raised by 90 donors
63% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

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Thank you to everyone who contributed to our YouCaring fundraiser for a handicap accessible van for Diane Tranchell. As most of you know, the van was delivered the day before a dinner/dance fundraiser on March 2. Diane was able to travel in the van to the hall to watch Friday night decorating; and stayed at the fundraiser throughout the entire dinner and entire dance. At night's end, she rolled out along with those of us who cleared the tables and stacked the chairs.

A couple of days later, Diane had trouble breathing. Steve and Eric used the new van to take her to the hospital; and commented on how incredibly helpful it was. Sadly, Diane died during the early morning of March 7. Her oxygen level dropped drastically; and she was taken by ambulance to Owosso Memorial where she expired.

Aside from a brief spurt of tears when Diane saw how many people were coming through the doors for the dinner/dance, we will never forget Diane's all-night-long smile. All of the effort for both the van and the dinner/dance were so very worth it.

Steve will meet with our representative from the ALS Society of Michigan this week to discuss the demise of the van; but the expectation is that it will be made available to another worthy ALS patient. Thank you for your part in these last months of Diane's life; for making them as good as they could have possibly been.

Colleen Pace

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 3, 2013

Posted on March 3, 2013

You did it! We've reached our goal. The youcaring webpage, combined with last night's dinner/dance raised enough money to donate to the ALS Association of Michigan, in return for use of the handicap accessible van for Diane. Not only does this 'free' Diane; but it will help countless other Michigan families who are dealing with ALS. There are over 1,000 ALS patients at any given time, in our state alone. I believe we will be shutting down this webpage; but I will wait a day until I've spoken with family members. As for the van, it arrived Friday morning needing new 'lock-downs' for the wheelchair. But, once Steve and Eric cared for that, they were able to bring Diane up to the hall to watch us decorate. But, what is even more phenomenal is that Diane attended the dinner/dance from start to finish - the three hours of the dinner; and another four for the dance. The food was good, the service and commraderie was great, and the dinner singer (Vehicle City Lullaby) and the dance band (Szygy) were super-super-duper! I'll make another post soon. Thank you all so much, and THANK YOU - YOUCARING - for making this site available. Colleen Pace

Posted on March 2, 2013

Posted on March 2, 2013

Wow! $8,700!!! We're almost there! A number of us were at the K of C Hall in Owosso last night; setting up tables for tonight's dinner/dance. It looks really nice - little green and yellow rose pots on pink table covers - very Spring! More importantly! ... Members of the ALS Society in Troy delivered the van yesterday - on good faith! We've given them half the needed funds. There was a problem with the lock-downs. Seems the van was designed for the wheelchair to be driven up the ramp on the side of the van and then locked down in the DRIVER'S position - so a non-ambulatory person could drive. Well, much as she would like to, we are not putting diane behind the wheel! But, Steve got on the horn, and Eric took off for Lansing to get some new parts. Some hundreds of dollars in title, insurance and lock-down-apparatus (apparati?) later, THEY BROUGHT DIANE TO THE HALL TO SEE HOW THE SET UP WAS COMING ALONG! Her first taste of freedom. It was so great to see her roll through the door. THANK YOU ALL SOOOO MUCH! Hope to see many of you in Owosso tonight. For those of you who live too far, Thank You, Thank You So Much!

Posted on February 27, 2013

Posted on February 27, 2013

BREAKING NEWS!!!! The ALS Society has decided that our good-faith effort is going well enough that they are DELIVERING THE VAN THIS FRIDAY!!! We will give them what we have collected so far; and give them the rest after the dinner/dance. Steve has details and is working directly with Paula at the Michigan ALS. CAN'T WAIT TO POST A PICTURE!!! We love you, Diane. And, even though she can't talk right now, we all know how much she appreciates everyone turning out on her behalf. Thank you, thank you, so much!

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