Putting the ‘car’ back in Carmen

Update posted by Carmen AndFriends On Aug 05, 2012

A little less than a month ago, we completed a very successful fundraiser to assist with the purchase of a handicap accessible vehicle for Carmen. Carmen's parents were able to match the $8,000 you all contributed, lowering the cost of Carmen's new van by $16,000. Do you have any idea how fabulous that is?!

 

Because Carmen is only able to have the modifications paid for once in her lifetime, her family decided to get the most bang for their buck and buy a brand spankin' new vehicle that would have better gas mileage and be less likely to break down in the future. Carmen's new van is a silver 2012 Chrysler Town & Country. It cost $32,559.46, but (thanks to you!) $16,000 of that is already paid for.

 

And let me tell you--this van is NICE. Here are some of the features: Bluetooth, UConnect (talk to the van and it'll play an artist etc.), a 40 GB harddrive for music and movies, a rear passenger DVD player, back-up camera, leather seats, heated mirrors (this is especially amazing for Carmen because it's very difficult for her to clear off the vehicle in bad weather), stow and go seats, and remote entry/starter. Carmen will be traveling in style.

 

Don't worry--I have more good news for you: Michigan Rehabilitation Services paid for the modifications in full. That's right: 6-way power base driver's seat. SureGrip (Push/Rock) hand controls. Detachable spinner knob. Lowered Floor. Auto-folding Ramp. Kneeling System. $28,111.00 of equipment for absolutely free.

 

Carmen gets to drive herself home for the first time in almost 7 months this Friday. That also means that we'll be working on getting your rewards designed, finalized, produced, and shipped out within the next two months! Once again, thank you from all of us; we couldn't have done this without you! 

-Jordan Freeman

 

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Update posted by Carmen AndFriends On Jul 09, 2012

Fundraising is officially over! Carmen acquired $6,654 in donations using GoGetFunding, plus the $1,670 (this number might actually be higher today than it was when I talked to her on Thursday) in cash and personal checks she has received in the mail. That puts the total amount given over the past month at a whopping $,8,324! GoGetFunding/PayPal will take a maximum of 3% (minimum 1.5%) from donations earned through the site, which is $199.62, making the actual total to be received: $8,124.38!

 

Now, when I was originally creating the fundraiser, we had to do some brainstorming for rewards to give to backers. We needed the rewards to be as cost-effective as possible at price points that would encourage donations, yet make it non-detrimental for us to provide rewards. We also needed them to be lightweight and small, lowering the potential cost of postage. During the fundraiser, I also purchased a Groupon for $17 which allows us to create $70 of customized goods from VistaPrint. This helped make rewards more affordable!

 

Carmen is very excited to disperse the rewards to our backers and show how much we appreciate your generosity. As soon as the van is purchased and ready for its photo shoot, we will commence with sending out our symbols of gratitude. If you requested a tee shirt as a reward, you might be hearing from us sooner because we'll need your size! 

 

Onto the van and adaptive equipment. Michigan Rehabilitation Services is a program which assists with the cost of outfitting a van with adaptive equipment. However, this is a once in a lifetime deal. Once Carmen uses their assistance for a vehicle, they will not cover the costs ever again. Because of this, Carmen and her family decided that it would make more sense fiscally to purchase a brand new van rather than the low mileage vehicle I mentioned in a previous update. A new van will last longer and maximize the use of assistance provided by MRS. Also, there is a possibility that the Roth family will still have to pay for all of the adaptive equipment out of pocket. It all depends on how much money MRS still has in their budget at this point. 

 

Carmen recently received quotes on a new van and the cost of adaptive equipment from her good friends at Clock Mobility. For the Dodge Grand Caravan alone: $28,995. For the cost of the equipment: $21,000 to $23,300. That puts the grand total at $49,995-52,295. We are praying that MRS is able to assist greatly with the cost of the adaptive equipment, but in any case, the $8,124 that you have generously provided will be a huge help! If you didn't have a chance to donate and would still like to help, please email me at [email protected] so I can provide Carmen's mailing address for you.

 

This whole fundraiser has been a lesson in the kindness inherent in humanity. We have received thoughts and prayers from close friends, family, friends of a friend of a friend, and even complete strangers. The financial blessing that has been poured on Carmen and her family is completely overwhelming, and it brings tears of gratitude to my eyes as I write this. I hope you understand the depth of emotion that you have engendered in all of us. Thank you so much!

-Jordan Freeman

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Update posted by Carmen AndFriends On Jun 27, 2012

Yesterday, Carmen's doctor gave her wonderful news that her CT scan looked "fantastic!" This means that Carmen is beginning to wean herself off the brace for the first time since January. She is very excited to be able to wear nice clothes again instead of tee shirts and yoga pants every day. :) 


This isn't the end of the good news, though! Carmen originally was told that she would have to wait till August 14th to do the training and assessment that comes with equipping a handicap accessible vehicle. However, Ellen made a phone call to the gentleman who assisted Carmen when she first started driving at 16, and Carmen is going to be able to get her appointment in this Saturday instead of waiting a month and a half! 


Even MORE good news is that Carmen and her family have scouted out a vehicle! It's a 2004 Town & Country with 32,000 miles on it. It also has been modified to include a handicap accessible ramp already! Carmen will still need to get the vehicle modified for driving controls, but having the ramp is a good start. The vehicle is listed at $19,900, and the almost $7,000 (including donations that were mailed to Carmen) that we have raised will take out a significant chunk of that price. 


I can't tell you in words how deeply you have touched the hearts of Carmen, her family, me, and the rest of Carmen's friends! You are the reason that we will be able to give Carmen back her independent life and ability to function self-sufficiently. Thank you so much! 

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Update posted by Carmen AndFriends On Jun 19, 2012

Thanks to the generosity of family, friends, and complete strangers, we reached our base goal of $5,000 on June 19th, less than 2 weeks after we created the site for Carmen.

I cannot tell you how much this means to all of us! We are overwhelmed by the kindness of your assistance; thank you for touching our lives! 


Some additional information: a brand new van like a Toyota Sienna (base model) costs about $24,000.

A Chrysler Town and Country (base model) costs closer to $29,500. 


Getting the vehicle outfitted will cost around $12,000, but there are programs in place which can assist with this cost. However, they will only outfit a new or low mileage vehicle.


$5,000 is a considerable dent in the cost of getting Carmen mobile again, but don't assume that the battle is over!

I have made flyers which can be posted on boards at universities/work--email me if you are interested in helping with outreach. Please feel free to contact me (Jordan) and the rest of the gang at [email protected] if you have any questions or comments. 


Thanks again! You ROCK!

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Hello friend! wish you all the best with your campaign. Here I have a question. I have posted a project here. but I couldn't collect funds yet. will you help me I'm a beginner here. :) www.gogetfunding.com/project/techsum-online-technical-support

Asiri Hewage

Posted On Jan 03, 2015

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Hello and God Bless you and your family. I'm just asking for you to please pray for me and my kids and help spread the word on my story. Thank you and God Bless: https://gogetfunding.com/project/help-my-family-this-christmas

Angel Michael

Posted On Nov 08, 2013

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https://gogetfunding.com/project/handicap-accessible-vehicle

Olivia Pitts

Posted On Jun 16, 2013

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Congratulations on reaching your goal! You have my best wishes for whatever the future may bring!

Andrew

Posted On Feb 08, 2013

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Congrats Carmen! Awesome to read about your success story! You deserve it. Other people are looking for help too such as myself. I'm in a really bad rut, and I could use some help. Please take a moment to help out others in need as well. Thank You and God Bless! Congratz on your success! Please take a moment to help out other people in need as well. Thank you, and God Bless! https://gogetfunding.com/project/i-need-help-lost-1400

Heriberto Rivera

Posted On Sep 13, 2012

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nothing like waiting until the last minute huh??? So excited for your new van!!!

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Posted On Jul 08, 2012

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"We've raised $5,648 on the site! Nice work, guys! Carmen has scouted out a 2004 Town & Country (with a ramp already installed!) for $19,000. If you've already donated--THANK YOU! Spread the word amongst your friends/coworkers/network!" - Jordan Freeman

Dara DeVries

Posted On Jun 21, 2012

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Carmen is the strongest and most upbeat person I know. I am glad she has really great friends who sign her up in contests and setup fundraisers to help her gain back independence.

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Posted On Jun 21, 2012

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Wuhooo! Great job everyone, but lets not stop here, keep it coming, keep spreading the word!

Dale Ricker

Posted On Jun 19, 2012

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Bad Bad Calypso... Good GOOD NEW WHEELS.. :-)

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Posted On Jun 19, 2012

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