This fundraiser is for our classmate from St. Martin's School ('84-'85) and many of us went on to high school with her. Cheryl has a big heart and has faced many challenges as a mother, wife and business woman due to her unfortunate accident but continues to persevere.
Cheryl and her husband have tried to save funds for a prosthetic leg but the savings have been slim.
We are asking you to help us help Cheryl get her prosthetic leg with a donation towards the medical costs - any amount would be greatly appreciated.Cheryl's Story:
Fifteen years ago, following a terrible fall, causing severe breaking, and trauma to her leg, our classmate, Cheryl Emmanuel-Plummer, aka Vanessa, suffered complications while being treated in the lowly-equipped hospital at home in Dominica. Despite being air-lifted to a more advanced hospital in a neighboring island, Cheryl's leg, which, by then, was in an acute state of gangrene infection, could not be saved. She swiftly underwent two separate surgeries, finally amputating most of her right leg.
As many of us will recall, and still know of her now, Cheryl has always been an upbeat adventurer. Adjusting to life with an amputated leg, especially in our island, has not been easy. Cheryl has been able to emotionally battle on, and face her reality, still, with a vigor for life. She would not, and will not allow herself to sit in her wheelchair and waste away, no matter the obstacles. She continues to venture out, and maintain mobility via a combination of crutches and a basic wheelchair. Cheryl has made attempts to remain gainfully employed, even setting up her own hair salon business to allow her the flexibility she needs to accommodate her limited mobility. Yet, despite her efforts, her inability to maintain consistent supervision of her business, as a direct result of needing to be fully mobile, led to her finally closing down the salon.
Despite this setback and disappointment, Cheryl and her husband have continued to relentlessly pursue other entrepreneurial endeavors to help sustain their family and move towards saving funds for the extremely costly medical bills and travel costs related to being fitted for a prosthetic overseas. Even with her own challenges, Cheryl continues to seek ways to help others, setting up H.E.D.Y - Helping Educate Dominica Youth, a not-for-profit endeavor to provide school supplies to disadvantaged youth in Dominica, while also working with other charitable organisations directly serving children in Dominica. Cheryl has recently partnered with her husband on Real World Adventures, a wheelchair accessible dial-a-ride transport and tour service.
As we all know, Dominica's health care system is not equipped to provide prosthesis and prosthetic maintenance. Getting fitted for a prosthetic is just one stage of the cost. Cheryl will also need periodic medical exams, and prosthetic maintenance, including any changes to the prosthetic leg as it wears. This is why, for some years now, Cheryl has continued to pursue self-employment as a more viable means of income, which, with hope, can also raise funds for a prosthetic leg that will allow her to achieve the level of mobility she needs for maintaining a sustainable livelihood.
If you would like to encourage our fellow classmate in her unrelenting endeavor to remain financially independence and contribute towards the initial cost and travel expenses needed to fit her with a prosthesis, please donate whatever sum of money you can. The total anticipated cost of the prosthetic leg and travel expenses is $20,000 usd.
Cheryl thanks you for any assistance you can provide, including your local support, and social network promotion of Real World Adventures Dial-A-Ride Services.
Real World Adventures Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/Realworldadventuresrentalsandtours
Real World Adventures
Canal Lane, Goodwill, Dominica
Co-founder of charity group
Helping Educate Dominica Youth
Member of DAPD(Dominica Association of People Living Disabilities)