Give Bat Ziyon, Betsy her mobility
Unfortunately she was diagnosed with ALS this past April. The doctors say she has a very hard case of the disease.
Until now she was supporting herself well with translating Japanese to English. In her youth she spent 4 years in Japan and loves the language.
All of a sudden, not only isn't she independent but she has to hire a full time Philippine worker 24/7 because it's dangerous for her to walk with the walker (she's fallen and banged her head) and she can't take care of herself.
Her boys need her as mobile and as 'normal' as possible.
Her friend ran a campaign to raise money and she was able to buy a very good second-hand wheelchair (Permobil) in Germany. The shipping and battery campaign wasVERY successful! Thanks to all those who care and donated.
Once the chair gets to Israel (shippers have received payment already), it will have to be adjusted for size ($500) and a ramp will have to be built ($1000) so that Bat Ziyon will be able to enter and leave her home, be independent and get the physical therapy she needs.
The house she is living in must be fixed to accomodate her wheelchair. This will cost another $3000...
Bat Ziyon has also hired a Phillipine worker who will be with her 24/7 to ensure her safety and continue to live as comfortably as possible with this horrible disease.
Thanks...for listening...and being there and taking time to care.
I am writing to report that the wheelchair project at really been a success, and I am very happy, as you see in the picture of me sitting in that chair. I have been able to go out and about on the street and it feels great. Just this morning I was out and I noticed a large project going on to renovate a forest park just two blocks from my house, a park that already has a perfectly wonderful paved path that winds through a lovely grove of old, towering eucalyptus trees. That path connects to a larger path that leads to the therapeutic swimming pool at the nearby college. Terrific! All of you have had a real impact on my quality of life.
With thanks from the heart,
(from Bat Ziyon: I have receipts and could provide an exact accounting, but my hands will not hold pieces of paper, so the receipts remain rather scattered...)
~ bathtub removal
~ cementing bathtub under-floor, tiling the places where the bathtub used to be
~ removing bathroom door and wooden doorframe
~ replacing sink with smaller sink
~ consulting an engineer about widening doors
~ planning and constructing the ramp
~ shipping from Germany to Israel
~ customs clearance
~ new battery
~ technical and size adjustments chair
I am truly thrilled to report that now the ramp is finished, I went down the ramp and out around the neighborhood all here myself in my lovely newly refurbished power wheelchair. As you can see in the picture, part of the garden can fit next to the ramp, so it's quite beautiful as well as safe and functional. Eventually, I hope to cover the railings with beautiful flower vines.
It is, for me, extraordinary to be able to say, okay I want to go out now, and to just be able to do so with one else's immediate help. I went exploring our new neighborhood of small attached houses, examined in detail they flowers and plants in my neighbors' pocket-sized gardens, and i met one neighbor, originally from Morocco, who speaks perfect English. I felt as if I were suddenly released from a long prison sentence. What a delight.
The next challenge is to build cement ramp leading from the sidewalk here down the street, so I can exit the neighborhood and go downtown, that is, our very small downtown, to see the sights, and even to run errands that I used to find were chores, but seem now to be pleasant reminders that I am still quite alive and can still do some ordinary things.
The ramp cost around $2000, which was at an extraordinary bargain thanks to donated labor, but the money that has been raised here is now all spent. I still need money to widen two doors in the house so I can drive the wheelchair anywhere that I need to be, and minimize transferring from the wheelchair to other chairs that can fit through doors. Because I can barely stand, and my legs often nearly collapse, the fewer times I have to stand, the safer I am. Falling down is known to increase the rate of ALS progression, effectively shortening my life, so I am trying to be very careful not to fall. If we can widen the two doors, I am sure that I will be much safer. Please kindly consider contributing to this next phase. Thank you in advance and with blessings to all of you generous donors.
The wheelchair is her only means of transportation, and now the finishing touches on the ramp will allow her to go outside and get some fresh air.
We haven't paid off all of the costs for the house renovations and for building the ramp.
Please, if you can pass this on, so others can merit in this tremendous mitzva (good deed), we'd appreciate it.
Mechi and Bat Ziyon (Betsy)