Help Fix Ron Gaska's Wheelchair

$3,653 of $3,606 goal

Raised by 90 people in 31 months
Laura Natusch  NEW LONDON, CT
New London friends: you probably know Ron Gaska from Facebook. You know him from his good-humored posts about the weather, community events and local politics. If you were having a tough time, he might have sent you some virtual hugs or told you to keep smiling.  

Or maybe you know him from real life. Maybe you've seen him and his ten-year-old Lhasa Apso, Sir Jasper, riding around town in his motorized wheelchair. You might have seen him at the Dunkin Donuts on Broad Street, or one of the local parks, or the Senior Center where he calls bingo.

But you haven't seen him recently. Ron and Sir Jasper have been housebound since January 3rd because his wheelchair is broken. It needs $3606.02 worth of repairs, and insurance won't cover it. Ron survives on a small disability income. If he doesn't get help fixing his wheelchair, he and Sir Jasper could be housebound for a long, long time.

Life hasn't given Ron a lot of breaks. He's 48, and his disability stems from an auto accident back in the early 1990's. He's not a whiner, but right now, more than he's let on, he needs his community to step up and pitch in.

I hope that together we can get Ron's wheelchair fixed so that he and Sir Jasper can be outside this spring.
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Update 3
30 months ago

We are there and Ron's parts are on order! I am proud of our community, but not surprised. Many thanks to all of you from me and from Ron.
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Update 2
30 months ago

We broke $3000! Barely over $500 to go. I could not be more grateful to snd touched by our community.
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Update 1
31 months ago

$2,195! It is so gratifying to see this amount of support for Ron. But we still have a ways to go, so I hope people will continue to get the word out.
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Laura Natusch
30 months ago

Thank you so much, Michelle. I inquired about the Bellows Fund today and am waiting to hear more about the application process, but I'm hopeful.

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Michelle Bussolotti Hagerty
30 months ago

Contact UCP of Eastern CT and ask to apply for the Bellows Fund to cover any balance. They help people with all disabilities, not just Cerebral Palsy. I used to manage this fund there. Their phone number is (860) 443-3800.

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$3,653 of $3,606 goal

Raised by 90 people in 31 months
Created March 6, 2014
$10
Anonymous
30 months ago
$5
Anonymous
30 months ago
$7
Anonymous
30 months ago
DC
$25
Deneane Congdon
30 months ago

I am sorry I can't send more. I love you Ron.

SC
$100
Susan Connolly
30 months ago
TR
$50
Tracee Reiser
30 months ago
RG
$100
Ronald Gaska
30 months ago

Donation from Mr. & Mrs Spencer a check for 100.00 sent to me in mail and i'm putting it on donation site by credit card. Thank you M. Spencer from Rocky Mount, N.C.

JA
$100
Janet Adkins
30 months ago
$100
Anonymous
30 months ago
JS
$20
Jo-lee Sears
30 months ago
Laura Natusch
30 months ago

Thank you so much, Michelle. I inquired about the Bellows Fund today and am waiting to hear more about the application process, but I'm hopeful.

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Michelle Bussolotti Hagerty
30 months ago

Contact UCP of Eastern CT and ask to apply for the Bellows Fund to cover any balance. They help people with all disabilities, not just Cerebral Palsy. I used to manage this fund there. Their phone number is (860) 443-3800.

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