Well folks, the page is still up and got 242 views but hasn't has a visitor in a week and we are still @ 7%. Thanks to everyone who donated their money and time and helped out with this.
Did an interview today with a guy named Joey Gibson. He drove here from Franklin, NC because he is doing a report for his Religion classes at Liberty University Online and he saw my story on WLOS. Glad God put us together because he's a really cool guy and now we have both made a New friend. What was supposed to be a 15min interview basically turned Into an hour and a half autobiography full of tears and laughs. Thats the kind of stuff I love to do. If I can inspire 1 person a day by just talking with them then that day was worth living. I realized today why I can't decide what I wanna take in college. Its because my goal is to inspire others to get out and enjoy life, and they don't teach that in college! Hopefully people will get an A and something out of our time together today. My wife was also a big part of the interview and she did great. We will have the finished project up on this page in the near future. Thanks Joey for your time, effort, and contribution to the cause.
My wife contacted Wells Fargo bank today and they told her she can start an account, or "Fund" for locals to donate to the local branch instead of having to donate online! It should also be able to be deposited through any Wells Fargo bank. This way it can stay anonymous if you want it to, and you don't have to put your credit card info online! Thank you Lord! Now we just have to continue to pray for the support from the community. While $525 is a good amount of money, its only 7% of the GOAL! The goal isn't just going to cover the bike, it's going to cover the helmet camera that's gonna be used to video the ventures, the trailer for the truck to haul the bikes from 1 location to another, a helmet so that I'm always safe, and the adjustments needed to make this work for me. I REALLY appreciate all of the support, but viewers are becoming less and less and there hasn't been a donation in 6 days! We started off on FIRE but now we're dieing down to embers. I don't expect all of this to happen over night, and this page will stay up until we reach the goal, even if it takes years! (Please Lord don't let it take years tho). Thanks again for all of the support and love,
No donations in a while but not giving up just keep praying the Lord will make a way. I work all week this week 1-10pm but I'm gonna do what I can in my off time. Thank u Lord for helping me, I can't do it without u.
Happy easter everyone hope u all have a blessed day!
Fixing to get up and fill out the PELL application so I can hopefully get enrolled in college here soon. Planning on a major in accounting and a minor in business management (or vice versa) so I can be a banker/loan agent. Also gonna stop at the library and print out a few flyers from here and post them around town. My wife is going to talk to a few banks and see if we can start an account locally that people can donate to so that they don't have to do it online. Wish me luck!
Something was mentioned to me today that I just didn't even think of. Someone told me at work "I saw your story online and I would have donated but I don't know that website and I just don't feel comfortable putting my info online." Please do not let the online donations limit you! If you would like to donate and feel safer sending a check or money order, that is still an option! Just send me a message or email asking for my address and I will send it back to you in a private message. I think there is a box over on the right to contact me, also there is a msg thing on facebook. If nothing else, put a comment down below and I will contact you. I'm going to keep my head up and push forward. . .we are about 5% to the goal, too far to give up now! Love u all and God bless, Nate.
So far we have had almost 200 visitors and 10 donations. Most came from seeing us on the news and have a kind heart. Thanks everyone who has been sharing the pages, I appreciate the support. Yesterday we went to cherokee and maggie valley to play in the snow. That was the most snow I've ever seen at one time and it was beautiful! Just Gods way of showing you he's still there. Off to work today at 1pm. Thanks again for all of the support and prayer.
I lowered the goal back because I found a more affordable bike here in the US thanks to a link Michael shared with me. He too is an avid disabled handbiker. Thanks for the input Mike and thanks for cheering me on. I'm going to post a picture later of the bike. Havent gotten any donations in a day or 2 but I'm not giving up, Gods works do not just happen overnight and nothing worth having is easy. Thanks for all of the help and support, Nate
Looking today for sponsors and grants. Going to print out some flyers later and hopefully take them around to local businesses and bike shops. Pray for me and wish me luck please!
Today was a busy day. We got interviewed for news 13 and that was a lot of fun. Also got our biggest donations today totaling over $200! Thank you for all of your love and support.
Thanks again for all of the support. After receiving the quote for the bike I had to raise the goal, a standard handbike won't work here because of all of the mountains and harsh terrain. Thankful for every dime donated.
For everyone who doesnt know, on my page you don't have to donate the full amount, it will accept anything from $1 and up, and every dollar will get us one step closer to the goal! I plan on making youtube video's of me biking the trails around here to share with friends and family and help get other people like me motivated to get off of their butts and do something! There are so many disabled people who sit in their houses because they think they cant get out and do anything, and I want to help prove that that isn't true! Thanks for your support!
Thanks for visiting my page today! This is Day 1 starting the campaign to helping me "Get back out there"! Thanks for the support and please tell all of your friends!
My name is Nathan Sanders and I am 27 years old. When I was born, I had a birth defect known as Bilateral PFFD, something that was only known in 300 cases world wide at the time. Because this was a bone problem, there wasn't a cure, and the only option was amputation of both of my legs at age 6. Between 6 and 10, I spent approximately 6 months per year at the Shriners Childrens Hospital in Greenville, SC. The majority of that time I was in body casts from the 20 surgeries I had on my legs to help try to correct the issue, or at least help me have a better quality of living. Luckily for me, I never slowed down and my parents never let me give up on life.
School was different for me. Because I went to public school, I thrived to be more like the other children. I joined the band in middle school, and in highschool was allowed to participate in the marching band. Due to the help from other parents, I was given a wheelchair with mountain bike tires on it and had my drums rigged to it in a way that allowed me to be on the field in formation with my peers. This made me feel like I was just like everyone else. In 2004 I graduated from highschool, and in 2006 my daughter was born. I now am the father of an active 7 year old girl, and I really want to be able to be a good example for her. This cycle would allow me to be able to take her on trips and teach her to ride her bike and spend a lot more time with her.
In 2010 I married the love of my life and mother of my daughter. She has encouraged me to be more physical and get out and explore, and to never let my disability define my abilities. She has been my #1 fan through all of this and my #1 supporter.
While I do kayak, moving to the mountains of NC has given me the urge to want to take up cycling. There are always races and fundraisers going on, and I am surrounded by cyclists. I have recently been told about a group here on my side of the state that are active handcyclists, but after doing some research I realize that it is a very expensive sport to get into. I have done much prayer about this and was led to this site today by the grace of God. Hopefully with the help of friends and family and generally good people, this dream will be possible. Please, if you need to, add me on facebook and please just donate whatever God leads you to and makes possible for you.
I plan on using this handbike to my advantage to help do fundraisers for other people, and to inspire other newly disabled people and children to get out there and not give up! Just because you were dealt a different hand than everyone else in life, it doesn't mean God doesn't love you and it doesn't mean you should just give up! Get out and make a difference! Everything is possible through Christ who Strengthens me!