This is Diane; she was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis (or MS) at the age of 26. MS is a chronic, disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.
Diane has no feeling in her legs and is unable to walk. Performing simple daily task that are easy for most of us, are challenging if not impossible for Diane. Diane manages to get up every morning and make the most of everyday no matter how challenging and exhausting it may be. She loves life, her husband and her family. Her husband is not without his own set of serious health problems, and even from the confines of her chair she helps him with his daily needs and medicine injections.
Diane and her husband are on a very small fixed income, so I do the best I can to help support them with their daily finances. Diane’s family recently purchased a van and had a wheel chair lift installed so that Diane could get to and from doctors appointments and also allow her the freedom, when she has the strength, to get out of the house.
Unfortunately 3 weeks after they purchased the van, Diane fell while transferring out of bed and broke her ankle. The cast that was put on her foot caused an infection, which almost took her life. The tragedy of all of this is that Diane can no longer stand to transfer from a chair to the van seat. So the van they purchased will no longer work, because the lift on it is only for a empty wheelchair. Therefore Diane is now again unable to leave the house.
Diane’s family and friends want to help give them get back their freedom of mobility and some quality of life to enjoy life outside of the house. They need to trade in the van they currently have for a specialized mobility van that has a built-in wheel chair ramp, so that Diane can wheel her motorized chair right in the van without the need to be transferred from chair to the van seat. These type of wheel chair conversion vans are very expensive, (around $17k just for the wheel-chair conversion part) and out of the reach of what they can afford.
Any contribution is greatly appreciated and no amount is too small. If you cannot afford to contribute any money, then you can still help me by spreading the word about our fundraising campaign to as many people as possible.
PS; Diane is my step-mom
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