Wheelchair Van for Reese

$30,100 of $40k goal

Raised by 151 people in 26 months
Kristen Hall Blanford   PHOENIX, AZ
Will you help us get some Wheels for Reese?  Reese D'Ortenzio was born with Aicardi Syndrome in 2007.  Characterized by the doctors as a "catastrophic diagnosis," the Syndrome involves daily  seizures and global developmental delays.  Although physically disabled, Reese is the light of her family's life.  She brings joy and hope to everyone who knows her. Reese is 6 years old now and requires a wheelchair to navigate life.  So...now she needs an adapted van to get her back on the road!



Reese has held a special place in so many hearts since we met her 6 years ago.  So often, people ask us what they can do to help Reese and the D'Ortenzio family. A new need has become overwhelmingly apparent in recent months.  This is your chance!  Reese has graduated to a big girl wheelchair, and she requires a great deal of physical strength to transport her and her chair. Not only is this hard on her mama's back, but maneuvering Reese in and out of their car can put Reese at risk. 

It is with great joy that we invite you to take part in "Wheels for Reese," a fundraiser to provide for Reese's WHEELCHAIR VAN!  Converted vans can cost twice as much as a typical van, so we can help them with that, right?!



Reese's wheelchair van will:

1.  Allow Reese to get out and enjoy the world with her family!
2.  Reduce the number of seizures caused by waking Reese as she's moved in/out of her wheelchair and car seat.
3.  Prevent Mama from being injured due to heavy lifting of Reese and the wheelchair.

What do you say?  Will you help us get Reese back on the road?  She's got a lot of living to do!!


If you don't know the D'Ortenzios, here's a snippet...

With a gift of $150 or more, we will send you a "Wheels for Reese" T-shirt.:)  Make sure you tell us your size and address!  Please note that we will put in the t-shirt order at the conclusion of the fundraiser, so please be patient with us!
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Update 4
7 months ago
We have had the van for a year now. And I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your part in helping us get wheels for Reese. This van has been LIFE-CHANGING!! Thank you for caring!!
Love,
Kerry and Mario
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Update 3
23 months ago
I wanted to thank you so so so so much for being a part of getting some wheels for Reese! Her van will be delivered by the end of the month and we a THRILLED! You are the heroes!!! I want to throw out one last call for t-shirts. I am putting in an order in the next 24 hours. If you gave $150 or more, we want to send you a t-shirt. Please send me your size and mailing address. If you have already responded, I've got it! If not, this is the last chance!:)
We are so grateful for you,
Kerry
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Update 2
24 months ago
Hey Wonderful Friends,
As we get ready to order T-Shirts, we need your SIZE! If you made a donation of $150 or more, please reply with your SIZE by August 30th! Also include the address where we should send it. Thanks for all the LOVE! You're the BEST.
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Update 1
25 months ago
Would you consider being a HUGE blessing to this family? Every little bit counts! Thanks! #wheelsforreese
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$30,100 of $40k goal

Raised by 151 people in 26 months
Created July 7, 2014
Kristen Hall Blanford     Medical   PHOENIX, AZ
MR
$100
Melissa Robb
23 months ago

We love all of you!!

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$100
Anonymous
23 months ago
$100
Anonymous
24 months ago
BS
$100
Beth Swain
24 months ago
$50
Anonymous
24 months ago
KT
$50
Kirstin Tully
24 months ago

Much love to beautiful Reese & her sweet sisters from the Tully sisters!! xoxo

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DW
$2,000
Darcy Wilcoxson
24 months ago

In 2013 our foster baby was medically fragile. We had her for 4 months. I now have a new found respect for those caring for children with serious medical needs. It is God who sustains us and he uses the body of Christ to encourage us, hold us up in prayer, and even provide help along the way.

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DF
$50
Daniel Frano
24 months ago

Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!

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RH
$150
Rick and Maria Hornack
24 months ago
$20
Kayla Harris
24 months ago

Reese and your family are truly an inspiration!

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