Tamara and I have received some questions about writing in the the Ellen Show requesting a "Van for Tami." We believe it would be most effective if the Ellen Show were to receive requests from multiple different people requesting a "Van for Tami" which would be accomplished by each of us putting our own contact information at the top of the form and then making our own individual request that they support a "Van for Tami." I believe this would be most effective, since putting Tamara's contact information in would appear to the staff like multiple requests from Tamara.
Here is the link again, http://www.ellentv.com/be-on-the-show/441
Thank you all for your assistance, and patience!
LET'S START A 'VAN FOR TAMI' CAMPAIGN WITH ELLEN! I just wrote to Ellen... please go to http://www.ellentv.com/be-on-the-show/441
& fill out the 'Do you know someone who needs a car' request form. It is quick & easy!
Tami says, "PLEASE! PLEASE! I'm sooo tired of not being independent! BLESSINGS!"
Here is another picture, feel free to use any of these if you do not have another if you choose to write in.
Ooops, apparently you will have to copy and past that link. Here is a copy of the flyer for Troy Evans' Montana Tales Fundraiser performance.
Thank you all so much for your continued giving while I have been distracted by a wonderful early grandson! Please continue sharing Tamara's need and the link!
I am back from vacation and ready to push this again... I hope you enjoyed the break!! I am grateful for the continued help in my absence. Please share this in any way you can. I did see the widget on a Blog and it made me happy!
Thank you to all! Please take a minute to share this request and to view information Tamara has posted on YouTube as caringly1.
NEWS FLASH!!! Someone, who wishes not to be mentioned, has put a $14,000.00 down payment on the van. Or, shall I say MY van! W O W!!! Some more GOOD news, DSI reduced the van cost by $3000.00! Now, we only have $29,271.00 to raise. The price includes $2000.00 for driver's training & possible additional modifications. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Let's keep it going!
This is almost the opposite of a political campaign. We only make one promise and other than the website's percentage, all the money will go toward the van!
Any size donation helps! Thanks!!
So, in case you haven't seen Tamara recently, here she is! With that sort of Happy, infectious smile... who could resist helping restore her independence?
Trying to keep this in people's minds. No amount is too small, we just need many, many friends with other friends willing to support this very worthwhile cause.
I know Tamara is not on a computer for a couple days. Please share this with your friends and acquaintances, even total strangers! I'd love to have a nice surprise for her when she checks back in!
Today's Update will be that we appreciate all that we have received, and we still have a long way to go so I hope you are sharing this with your friends and acquaintances. Thanks, Nancy
I look forward to Tamara getting a modified van as soon as possible. If you are sharing this information with friends or organizations, please make this link to Tamara's Videos available as an opportunity to learn more about who we are helping.
This is Tamara when she was still acting. Please lets do what we can to get her out driving again as well.
Thanks again for sharing your videos with us Tamara!
I thought we all might enjoy another video from Tamara's younger days when she was still performing. If you would like to help her to achieve her goal of buying a van and gaining more independence and improved ability to look for work, please read about her below. Any amount is deeply appreciated.
This is such a worthwhile cause. Thank you for your help. Please continue to share This with as many people as possible, "many hands make small work"
I continue to be impressed with people's generosity! Thank you so much!
A little more insight if you are wondering who Tamara is and who I am working to assist....
Please consider helping me to help her regain her independence.
Does anyone out there want a "widget" of this for their website or web page? I don't even have a webpage... If you do, and you would be willing to place a widget there to make us more visible, please contact me and I will see if we can figure that feature out!
Thanks again for all who have helped!
Thank you to all. Tamara and I are still brainstorming how to get this done. She spoke with DSI, the company who has the van. She shared the following with me, "DSI needs a Chrysler Town and Country minivan to make a new demo van! DSI also uses Toyota Siennas 2010 or newer, Dodge Caravans, or Ford full size vans. If we could get a dealer to donate a van to DSI, than I would probably only need about $15,000ish for the blue van. maybe the dealer could have their logo on DSIs van & my van." Do any of you know someone who could help? Does this give you any other ideas? We are open to any idea or donation.
I again want to Thank those who have donated and invite everyone to share this link with anyone they think might be interested in helping.
Tamara and I are still working on any additional ways we might keep this thing going... Does anyone who is reading this know of a business that might donate if she shows their sponsorship on the vehicle once it is purchased??
Here is a picture of Tamara driving a previous van. This picture gives an idea of the equipment needed which lends to the expense. Let's keep doing what we can to get Tamara behind the wheel again so she is more independent. Any amount helps. Thank You!!!
I certainly appreciate my Freedom everyday, but especially on Indepevdevce day. I didn't want to let the day pass without making another appeal to help restore Tamara's Indepedence. Every little bit helps! I hope to add a new picture tomorrow and maybe even figure out how to get this up on Twitter. Thank you again to all who have given!
I am so grateful for the donations we have received so far. We are open to suggestions, such seeking corporate sponsors... IF any of you are affiliated with or know of a Corporation or Philanthropist who would be interested in helping out, please share this information with them, or ask them to contact me or Tamara.
Thank you again.
Thank you so much for those who have found us and donated.
It would be nice if I had about 2300 friends who had $20 to spare... but I don't so I would really appreciate any of you willing to "Share" this on your page. It is a truly worthwhile cause and every little bit helps!
Thank you for the opportunity to request support for Tamara Turner's need of a handicapped modified vehicle, which will assist Tamara with her employment and independence.
Tamara Turner's History, Goals, and Major
Turner is an accomplished, well-educated, woman of great determination and
resolve to live successfully and independently, despite living with a physical
disability and the challenges she faces.
At the age of 17, Tamara sustained paralysis due to a gymnastics
accident. Her body can be medically
defined as quadriplegic, but her mind and spirit are strong, creative and
Tamara's paralysis, she was very involved in many extra curricular activities,
including acting with PCPA Solvang Theatrefest, participating as a majorette
with The Santa Maria Batonettes Baton and Drum Corps and Santa Maria High
School Marching Band, an equestrian member of Santa Maria Roping and Riding
Club, a Most Valuable Player with the Santa Maria High School gymnastics team
where she also qualified for CIF, and an officer/member of Job's Daughters.
injury, she was determined to continue her acting career and pursued roles
across the nation. Tamara became
involved with Access Theatre of Santa Barbara. She acted and sang the role of
Cora, a mermaid, in the original musical LEGEND OF THE CRYSTAL WATERS at the
Lobero Theatre and then toured to multiple cities with this production. Tamara
received critical acclaim for her character portrayal of Cora. Ms. Turner
continued her acting career by playing Adrienne in ASK MAX, a Disney Sunday
training at The Professional Actors Conservatory, she played the role of
Bridgett in SWEET CHARIOT at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
in Washington DC with VSAarts. Later, Tamara and eleven
playwrights wrote PH*reaks, a play about the history of the people with
disabilities, for The Mark Taper Forum New Works Festival in Los Angeles. Ms. Turner also performed in the
production of PH*reaks.
recently, Tamara graduated with a Masters of Science in Child Life from the University of La Verne. With her degree, her goal is
to provide intervention services for children and their families in a
healthcare or children's services setting.
Turner has worked exceptionally hard at achieving her degree and becoming an
active and vital person with a disability in her community. Tamara values her
independence immensely. She is not one who thrives at remaining in her home
continuously. Ms. Turner flourishes when being involved with programs to
enhance her community and to better the lives of families. To have the ability
to continue her goal of employment and independence, she is greatly in need of
a handicapped modified van.
will allow Tamara to have much needed independence for travel to work,
purchasing supplies, participating in community outreach for the healthcare or
children's services facility, to take care of her personal needs that include medical appointments, grocery
shopping, attending church, leisure activities, and veterinary appointments for
her much loved companion Acacia.
an experienced driver with a strong track record since 1982. She has recently
been evaluated for The Scott Driving System touch pad console with tripins for
steering, acceleration, and brakes on 4/7/2012. She requires a vehicle with a
lowered floor, lift or ramp, power doors, lift/ramp/door switches, elbow
operation switch type for turn signals, horn, cruise control, high beams, &
windshield wipers, rubberized texture flooring, permolock securement for her
Permobil wheelchair, quick release set for able bodied driver seat, driver's
seat securement, armrests, and a battery cut-off switch.
looks forward to a vehicle so that she may help children and their families
improve their life situations. She also hopes to continue being visible in
society to educate others about disabilities, which in turn will break down
attitudinal barriers. In the near future, Ms. Turner also plans to volunteer
for a non-profit organization, such as Domestic Violence Solutions Inc., CASA,
and for children's theatre.
Ms. Turner is financially incapable of purchasing a used handicapped modified
vehicle. She receives a monthly payment from SSDI. Her fixed income allows her
to pay for housing, attendant care, and medical and household bills.
Child Life Specialist
Tamara Turner's own healthcare experiences, she realized the need to provide
optimal developmental & psychosocially appropriate care for pediatric
patients & families, thus, her strong motivation to complete her degree and
become a Child Life Specialist. Ms.
Turner understands the misconceptions and fears that accompany a
hospitalization. She is able to be empathic toward children and their families
while giving back to her community. The Child Life Specialist (CLS) implements
and maintains therapeutic activity programs, which facilitates patients in
their efforts to integrate and adapt to their healthcare or children's services
experience. This individual is responsible for medical procedural teaching, and
assessing patient's development level and emotional state daily through
observation and interaction, directing conversation, encouraging patients to
express reactions to healthcare or children's services experience,
acknowledging patient's point of view to clarify misconceptions, and providing
bereavement intervention. The CLS assists patients, siblings, and families to
cope with illness, injury, or syndrome. Also, the Child Life Specialist plays a
vital role in educating caregivers, administrators, and the general public
about the needs of children under stress.
Total Handicapped Modified Vehicle Costs
FORD E350 ECONOLINE VAN
DOES NOT INCLUDE;
OF VEHICLE TO CLIENTS HOME, 20-30 HOURS OF DRIVER'S TRAINING, OR
ADDITIONAL MODIFICATIONS THAT MAY ARISE.
A new handicapped modified vehicle, with
the necessary accessible equipment, would cost from $100,000.00 to $150,000.00.
A new Scott Driving System, not
including a van, would cost approximately $80.000.
Funding a Life, a Future and Benefits to
Turner's mission is to participate fully in her community. She believes her
vision of supporting children and their families, with interventions and coping
mechanisms, during an illness, injury, disease, syndrome, or a loss will result
in a healthier life outcome for children and their families.
most children will experience a health condition. By providing supportive
services for children, they can master their skills and learn to have some
control over a seemingly uncontrollable situation. In turn, the skills will
facilitate children to succeed in life. Ms. Turner can reach her goals of
becoming a Child Life Specialist and retaining her independence, if she has a
for your time and careful consideration of this request. We look forward to hearing from you.