Give Scott a Lift

$20,100 of $20k goal

Raised by 126 people in 23 months
Sherri Hall
on behalf of Patricia Narciso
 BELLINGHAM, WA
Hi, I’m Sherri Backstrom and I’m inviting you today to help Give Scott a Lift.

As you have likely heard by now, on New Year’s Eve our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Scott Rains, was diagnosed with two neurological masses known as glioblastomas in his brain. The onset of this disease has severely changed his active life traveling the globe promoting inclusive tourism.

Several years ago in conjunction with my yacht charter business, I had the opportunity to host Scott on an adventure cruise in Alaska, and what a breathtaking tour it was! You’ll see some videos here of our amazing trip, including one of Scott being lifted out of the boat and into a kayak, and another of the beautiful views we enjoyed. We sure had memorable times “hanging out” together. Our trip was just one of so many journeys Scott undertook to understand and advocate for universal design in the travel and tourism industry.


My fundraising campaign is simply this: to ask those of you who have been touched by Scott’s work to consider making a gift to support him during this challenging health crisis. At this time, Scott has ongoing medical, home health, and transportation expenses, and I would like to rally some financial support. The pressing need right now relates to Scott’s decreased ability to transfer. While he used to be able to easily get from wheelchair to car, bathtub, or bed, the weakness that has come on because of the brain tumor has made it impossible for him to do these things without assistance. A motorized lift system will restore Scott's mobility by providing access to bed, bath, and beyond.


Scott may no longer be able to kayak in front of a calving glacier, but with this piece of equipment he'll be able to transfer to his wheelchair, move around in his home, and occasionally “hang out” with friends. And every time he does so, he will remember our Alaska adventure and be able to imagine he is surrounded by blue water and magnificent glaciers.

My husband Don and I are the first to make a contribution to the Give Scott a Lift campaign, and we have already raised donations totaling $6,345 as of March 27, 2015. The lift systems you can see in two of the videos run from $7,000- $19,000, depending on the model and installation requirements. The President of Lift & Transfer Specialists, Inc, a trusted company that has installed systems for hotels, families, and individuals, has already agreed to provide Scott with a deep discount. Through his generosity, Craig Coogan has reduced our fundraising goal by hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

Here's a story from Extreme Makeovers that shows how a lift system can transform someone's life.

Scott has given so much to the world of inclusive travel, and had an impact on so many of our lives. Like me, you’ve had a chance to “hang out” with Scott and experience his incredible spirit. I’m asking you to join me in helping Scott out at this challenging time. Now is our chance to show our gratitude and love for Scott by helping him make his life and home more comfortable with the health-related support and assistive devices he needs at this time.

Please join me by making a contribution today. All gifts are welcome, no matter the amount. On behalf of Scott and myself, thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts.
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19 months ago
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Message from Scott: It is only a wee bit of exaggeration to try to explain away my tardiness in thanking you for your generosity in meeting and exceeding the campaign goal by saying that I have been busy enjoying the freedom our new lift system brings.

In fact, Patricia & I have just returned from our second "escape" from home for purely social reasons, after using the lift just beforehand to "fly" me to the bathtub. The lift makes activities of daily living possible, with even a little time left over occasionally.

Thanks to all who supported the campaign that my wonderful colleague and friend Sherri Backstrom started!
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Posted by Sherri Backstrom
20 months ago
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In his inclusive tourism work, Scott has put a lot of emphasis on destination development. In our Give Scott Lift Campaign, we need to pay attention to the destination as well! We are so close-only $615 from our goal. I just need your help in finding a few more people who have been impacted by Scott's work and are able to make a small donation. We can do
this, we're almost there, please help us get to our campaign destination bring our total to a winning $20,000.
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20 months ago
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Almost there. . . !
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Posted by Sherri Backstrom
21 months ago
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Hey Everyone,
Thank you all so much for the love and generosity shown for our amazing friend and leader in the world of Inclusive Tourism, Dr Scott Rains! We're almost there! Less than $2000 to get to our goal and Give Scott a Lift. Thanks to the generosity of each of our donors, Scott and Patricia have been able to put down a deposit for the track system. Now it's up to Give Scott a Lift to pull together the rest of the resources for the installation. Please join me in making one final push to invite others to participate in this campaign of caring and gratitude to Scott. If everyone who already donated persuades JUST ONE OR TWO more people to give, we will achieve our goal in no time. Can we wrap this up by June 1? Together, I'm sure we can do it.
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Scott Rains
21 months ago

You all are so amazingly generous. Thank you.

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Isabelle Ducharme
22 months ago

What a nice gesture! Happy to contribute!

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$20,100 of $20k goal

Raised by 126 people in 23 months
Created March 22, 2015
Sherri Hall  
on behalf of Patricia Narciso
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19 months ago
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Scott Rains
21 months ago

You all are so amazingly generous. Thank you.

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Isabelle Ducharme
22 months ago

What a nice gesture! Happy to contribute!

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