Staying Active to Stay Strong

$7,005 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 106 people in 38 months
Rene Larson
on behalf of Erick Larson
 CHELMSFORD, MA
We are Rene and Marco. This is our dad, Erick. Over five years ago, he fell 30 feet from a ladder while trimming a tree in our yard. This accident caused him to become paralyzed from the waist down. Our life took an unexpected turn, but with the help of family and friends, we have been able to overcome every obstacle we have faced so far.

Despite his handicap, our dad still loves to be active. He participates in many activities which have been modified in order to suit himself and others with similar disabilities.

Erick rows:

He even skis!

He bikes and competed in last year's Fourth of July Road Race:

He also loves to relax at the beach.

Our dad has always been there for us, and now it is our turn to be there for him. We would like to raise enough money to purchase a hand-cycle and floating beach chair for him.

Currently, we rent a hand-cycle when Erick wants to bike. However, the closest place to rent an accessible bike is a 2-hour round trip (for pick-up and return) and only allows for a 1-week rental. Racing in the Boston Marathon has become a dream of Erick's. In order to train properly and be able to compete, he will need his own hand-cycle. A good accessible bike can cost upwards of $6,000.

We also face similar problems when we go to the beach. Since his wheelchair cannot travel on sand, we rent a floating beach chair which lets him lounge on the beach, as well as go in the water. It is difficult to rent this chair and there is no guarantee there will be one available when he gets to the beach. Also, most beaches have a different style chair which travels on sand, but doesn't go in the water. Our mission here is to purchase our own floating beach chair for Erick to use and share with others in the community. These beach chairs cost around $4,000.

With your help, we are hoping to raise a total of $10,000 so we can help our dad continue to stay active and reach new milestones. We also want to contribute back to the disabled community since we understand the difficulties other families like ours face. For those of you who know our dad, you know how much your support means to our family. For those of you who don't, please feel free to check out our Friends of Erick Larson facebook page.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!
-Rene and Marco
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Hi everyone! Happy summer!! Fourth of July is just a couple days away and that means so it the John Carson Road Race. Erick will be competing again, but this year, it will be the first time with his brand new hand cycle! Thank you to everyone for making this possible! If you are at the road race, be sure to cheer him on!! As always, our family is so grateful for all of your continued support. Happy 4th!!!
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Erick here: Have you seen me on the bike trail yet? I've been out a few times already after work or on the weekend. I have already put 50 miles on the cycle and can't wait for that number to increase. Of course I have you to thank. I am so grateful. We are so close to the final goal. I'll be able to get in the water next year with an accessible beach chair.
Thank you again for all your support, Erick
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We got the bike!! And of course, we had to celebrate with a family bike ride. Our dad couldn't be happier; now he can ride whenever he wants. Be sure to keep an eye out for him on the bike path! A huge thank you to everyone who donated and shared to make this possible!! We really appreciate everything you have done for us. Now let's finish our goal and get him in the water!
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I feel like we can't thank you all enough! We have reached $6,000!!! And in less than 2 months! We now have enough to purchase our dad's hand-cycle. My brother and I never could have expected such an overwhelming response. You are all just so amazing and we thank you again for your generosity. Erick can't wait to start riding and we'll be sure to post plenty of pictures! We are now shifting focus onto raising funds for a community floating beach chair for Erick and others with disabilities in the area to use. Erick will be out on the bike path, but we are ready to gear up for the next round and get our dad into the ocean!!
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Anna Maria Valentini
37 months ago
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Hi Rene e Marco tellll mom ti get100 from my account for the bike

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$7,005 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 106 people in 38 months
Created June 7, 2016
Rene Larson
on behalf of Erick Larson
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Kristen Keegan
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Laurie Casey
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Judy George
35 months ago
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Happy Birthday!

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Karen Murphy
36 months ago
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Kelli DeDonato
36 months ago
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Diane Collett
36 months ago
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Go Eric!! Best of luck!!

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Pam Clark
36 months ago
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Wishing you all the best!!

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Chris and Linda Hill
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Diane Condon
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Diane Frassa
36 months ago
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Anna Maria Valentini
37 months ago
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Hi Rene e Marco tellll mom ti get100 from my account for the bike

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