Raul Pizarro's Wheelchair Van

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This is my twinsy Raul Pizarro and my name is Holly. We may not look alike, we are not the same age and we are not related but our birthdays are on the same day and our love for each other is immense and that’s enough to make us twins. Raul is a very talented artist who creates some amazing works of art despite his physical limitations. He was born with muscular dystrophy and he wasn’t expected to live past 14 years old. He’s now 40 and that is a miracle in itself. Muscular Dystrophy is a progressive wasting of his muscles, each year he loses more muscle and more independence. He has known a life where he could walk to the one now where he’s confined to the abilities of his wheelchair instead of the abilities of his body. He relies on the grace of other people, not just for experiencing life, but to get to doctor’s appointments and to assist him in being able to continue with the thing he loves most…his art. People with big hearts build his canvases, take him to buy supplies, and assist with everything involved in his shows or events.  He can no longer drive his own truck and is very much in need of a wheelchair accessible van. Leaving the house is limited to friends and family with the ability to still lift him into his little Toyota pick-up truck because his motorized chair needs to go where he goes. Currently, you have to unfold a heavy rickety ramp and line it up on the back of the flatbed and cautiously get a 250lb chair up it without it veering off the narrow ramp. Being able to go out also depends on the weather, transporting his chair this way risks his chair getting rained on and damaged.  This van would change his life and give him some freedom and a little independence that everyone deserves. Muscular Dystrophy has stolen things from him over the years that we all take for granted and yet he remains such a beautiful and inspirational soul. You know your life is better just for having him in it. Let’s give him something back. Let’s give him the simple ability to put himself in and out of the car and not be limited to where he can go and what he can do based on if someone is around to do it for him. Let’s shine the same light in his world that he adds to ours. He should be a world renowned artist with money out his wazoo because his talent is endless but he is not…YET!  So I'm asking for the help of many hands. If you can spare $5, $10, $20 or more, please consider helping him because he deserves a heart as happy as he makes ours. This means the world to me, I would appreciate any help you’re able to give. And if you don’t know him, feel free to check out any of his websites and let something he created or said make you smile. 

www.facebook.com/raul.pizarro 
Raul Pizarro's Art Facebook page
www.facebook.com/LifeSaysYes
www.lifesaysyes.com
RaulPizarro.com - OFFICIAL ART PAGE 
http://brokeassstuart.com/blog/2016/01/28/91307/
http://www.raulsarmsrace.com/


Whether you are able to donate or not, check out his www.lifesaysyes.com  page and let him give something to you. Raul and a friend set out to "inspire some folks to be a little more courageous and fearless when it comes to doing something that you’ve always wanted to do but just didn’t know if you had it in you." 





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It is a Christmas Miracle!!!! Raul just got an early Christmas present! This is a beautiful 2005 Toyota Sienna...it is the unicorn of used cars - absolutely pristine and more than we could have asked for! A HUGE heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone for making this miracle possible. 2017 is going to be full of new possibilities for Raul...Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!
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Most of you who visit our GoFundMe know Raul, but for those of you don't and are considering giving, here's an opportunity to take a peak into his life. Hopefully this video brings him to life for you and lets you see his passion, his struggles, a piece of his journey and a glimpse of hope, inspiration and some amazing hearts! Thank you for taking the time to see our story. =)
The fight to save an artists passion.
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Hey everyone! This is Raul speaking tonight, Holly and I wanted to give you an update, BIG update!
Firstly, thank you to everyone whose helped us get this far, you are the best and I love you for sharing this and donating. As many of you know, our first goal was to find a new van and the cost is pretty astronomical. Today we found a van that is almost new and has everything I need to get my skinny bones around to art shows and just about everywhere I need to get safely. With taxes and a few van updates we can get it at a third the price of our initial goal! With the new goal, we are almost at the goal needed. I just sold a few paintings that have helped a lot to get us closer to the new goal and I really feel like we're almost there! =D
Thanks!
Raul Pizarro
Here it is!
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Exciting things are afoot. We have applied to the Ellen show and are working on grants. These may have small odds but I think we have learned from Raul's new painting capabilities thanks to the good people at Northrop Grumman's FabLab http://www.raulsarmsrace.com ...that it's good to dream because they can come true when you least expect it! We're approaching $18,000 and we are working hard at that goal even when you don't see it. We have a few ways you can help us with our goal if you're feeling the Raul love. I'll share with you a new way each week for the next few weeks small things that you can do to help the campaign's reach. Let's start with an easy one and throw in some thoughts, prayers and good wishes for our Ellen application. We really appreciate your financial contributions and your shares. We would like to ask your help with extending the reach of our shares. If everyone can ask 3 friends or family to share, Instagram, tweet or all of the above! It could do wonders for this amazing cause. Please show Raul how much you love him. <3
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David Ertz
30 months ago

Hi Raul. I'm a friend of Aleckx. He has told me so much about you. I hope we can meet soon. I'd love to see your studio.

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Raised by 123 people in 32 months
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$100
Anonymous
22 months ago
KK
$100
Karen Karlsson
24 months ago

You go, Raul!

$25
Anonymous
24 months ago
SL
$25
Steven Long
25 months ago

It was nice meeting you at the dA last night. Great work, Raul.

MM
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Marie-elena Mello
25 months ago

Raul - you are a gift!

David Ertz
30 months ago

Hi Raul. I'm a friend of Aleckx. He has told me so much about you. I hope we can meet soon. I'd love to see your studio.

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