Help Nick get a new wheelchair Van!

$1,500 of $30k goal

Raised by 15 people in 35 months
Nick Furman  DAVENPORT, IA

Hi,

 

My name is Nick,

 

I have set up this page in hope of reaching my goal of getting a new wheelchair van. I have quadripalegic cerebral palsy and I am confined to a wheelchair. I also rely on my wheelchair van for Dr. appointments as now I am dealing with hiatal hernia, and Barrett's esophagus. Quite the lengthy portion of my esophagus has Barrett's about 8 to 9 cm. That means an (Endoscopy) a scope down my throat every 6 months for now. My voice is very raspy and at times I am very hard to understand. The doctors don't know if I will ever get my voice back or not. Only time will tell.

 

Two winters ago now rabbits chewed up the wiring in my wheelchair van and it has not run at all since. There are many other problems with my van such as a gas leak, an exhaust leak, and it needs a new water pump. The electric ramp stopped working years ago and sometimes the electric door won't open. Our van is a 1994. The dealership said we would be better off to get a new van because they couldn't guarantee they could get all the parts needed to fix the van due to its age. It's almost impossible for me to get anywhere anymore because public transportation does not run at night in my area. To hire private transportation it is too costly for me. The last time it was $90.00 for a round trip ride for me to get somewhere and back home that night. 

 
 

I am unable to afford a new wheelchair van do to their high cost and I really need one to get around to my doctor appointments or anywhere else I may need or want to go. I haven't been able to do much at all since the van hasn't been working. I would love to be able to just get in my very own van and go again whenever I needed to. Also it would be nice just to have the option of going out in the evening if I wanted to. 

Please join me on my journey to get a new wheelchair van. 


THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT! 


Nick 

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Update 17
Posted by Nick Furman
19 months ago
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UPDATE: I took a break from my gofundme Campaign for a while to help a friend of mine with their Fundraiser.

As of Aug 20th 2015 I have had my 3rd Endoscopy, The Drs. say that I am Cancer free at this time and that my Barrett's Esophagus is stable at this time. After this coming winter, It will be 4 winters that my van has not run at all. Thanks for your continued support everyone and please pass the word along about my Campaign if you can, Anything will help.

Nick
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Update 16
Posted by Nick Furman
22 months ago
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Well, I did not make it as a Semi-Finalists in the National Mobility Awareness Month Contest but Thank you again to all who voted and shared and Congrats to those who did make it. So I guess it's back to the gofundme Campaign.

Thanks for your continued support everyone.

Nick
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Update 15
Posted by Nick Furman
23 months ago
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well i ended up with 566 votes in the Mobility Awareness Month contest.

Thank you again to all who voted and shared.

I am now going to try to apply for a grant in July to help cover a portion of the costs. However, In order for me to do so. I must have more support with my gofundme campaign.

Thanks for your continued support everyone.

Nick
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Update 14
Posted by Nick Furman
23 months ago
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I am taking another approach to this ongoing wheelchair van issue. I ask that everyone who can see this vote for me once per day so that I may have a chance to win a wheelchair van. My gofundme me is still going also. So you may vote or donate.

Vote here

http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/nick-furman-davenport-ia/

Thanks so much,
Nick
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Troy Skaggs
14 months ago

Shared EVERYWHERE! ♥

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Kealey Bird
25 months ago

Nick there's help to buy u a van in Iowa please reach out so I can help you withu or your mom's number love always miss you

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$1,500 of $30k goal

Raised by 15 people in 35 months
Created June 4, 2014
$500
Anonymous
14 months ago
$100
Anonymous
26 months ago
JC
$20
jared chapman
26 months ago
AF
$200
A Friend
29 months ago

Go Nick!

JK
$50
Jen Kern
29 months ago

Thinking of you Nick.

$50
Anonymous
32 months ago
$20
Anonymous
34 months ago
CW
$300
Chien-Wey Wei
34 months ago

To a great Freak on the forum - From UTtoyfan

$25
Anonymous
34 months ago
JK
$25
Jen Kern
34 months ago

Hope you are able to get all the funds you need Nick!

Troy Skaggs
14 months ago

Shared EVERYWHERE! ♥

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Kealey Bird
25 months ago

Nick there's help to buy u a van in Iowa please reach out so I can help you withu or your mom's number love always miss you

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