Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my story.
I fell out of a tree and broke my neck in 2008, and became a C5 quadriplegic. That means I am paralyzed from the shoulders down, unable to use my legs or hands.
Ever since then, I have worked very hard to get my life back together by finishing school, working, and finally living on my own. Driving is the next step in regaining my independence. Believe it or not, with the right equipment, I am able to drive by myself!
My goal is to raise enough money for a newer used van. A newer used wheelchair accessible van starts at about $25,000. New ones with a ramp start at around $50,000. I would be forever appreciative if you or someone you know might be in a position to donate and help me get a van (or, if you know how to get a van donated, that would be even better!) One that I could have some trust in that it can get me from point A to point B.
Having a wheelchair accessible van would open up an entire world to me, even if someone else had to drive it. It would change my life tremendously. My greatest wish is to be able to drive independently and, due to the wonders of modern technology, it is possible now to drive a van using a joystick similar to the one I use with my wheelchair (check out the gallery picture for a glimpse of the equipment). I was fortunate to have the opportunity to sit in one of these vans and rev the engine. Even though we didn’t drive anywhere, the feeling of the roaring engine and the ease of turning the steering wheel felt so liberating and gave me so much hope. This driving equipment can cost another $75,000 on top of the price of the van and ramp, which makes this a very lofty dream. However, it is a dream worth pursuing, and with your help we can make it a reality.
After my accident and as a paralyzed woman in a wheelchair, I graduated from nursing school, obtained my RN license, and have worked fulfilling jobs as a nurse. With those accomplishments behind me, I have to believe that driving independently is possible.
I thank you all and appreciate you for taking the time to read my story. I hope you can help me achieve this next big step in rebuilding my life. If enough people donate even a little bit, it could really add up.
If you would like to contact me, I welcome emails at [email protected]
Many, many sincere thanks!