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An accessible van for Gage

$6,400 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 99 people in 12 months
Created January 9, 2018
Many of you know Gage or have seen him wheeling around the community. He is always smiling, always telling funny jokes, and loves to go fast in his green wheels! He brings so much joy to everyone in his life and I would really love to see this happen for him.

Gage was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Spina bifida is a neural tube defect that occurs in utero, and causes permanent damage to the nerves in the spine. This affects everyone differently, but for Gage, the most obvious challenge is paralysis in his legs. Gage has been a full time wheelchair user since age 2!
Although he has never let his diagnosis hold him back from doing all the things his peers are doing, there are still a lot of challenges that come along with caring for a kiddo with special needs. Our daily routines are rigid and thankfully I have been able to take care of all his daily needs thus far.
But as Gage gets older, he seeks more independence and I hope to give him as much as I am able to.

Currently, if we wish to travel somewhere. I must carry, lift and/or transfer Gage into the car seat in the van. And then I must transfer and lift the wheelchair into the van. I must then do the same when we arrive at our destination. This happens multiple times a day. At 70lbs-this is no easy task, and is taking a toll on both of us.

Imagine a scenario where Gage could just wheel himself into a van- And never have to separate from the comfort of his chair! This is what I am seeking for Gage. To create ease, and independence, and safety for him.

We have been presented with the possibility of a generous grant from March of dimes to assist with the costs of an accessible van-but we must produce the remaining funds, and that’s where you come in!

I know it takes a village to raise a child, and this community we live in is absolutely amazing! I am hoping we can all come together and make this happen for him-independence will only become more important as he gets older!

Any little bit help-there is no amount to small.

From the bottom of my heart-I thank you in advance for everything you are doing for my boy
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Update 2
Posted by Shayna Desjardins
10 months ago
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I just want to say that i am absolutely BLOWN AWAY with the out pouring of support for my boy. Today is a big day-we officially hit $10,000 in donations toward an accessible van for Gage!! I am doing a big ol' happy dance over here, I just can't believe it!!! It is amazing!!
Thank you to every single person who has taken time to donate, share, message, call, and offer support to my little family. Every single one of you is appreciated and I hope someday I can repay the favour.
A huge thank you to Kevin Addison for the Leaf Tickets that are currently underway. Also to mama bear Gwen Desjardins for the coach purse that will be drawn tomorrow and Lorna Hedderson-Cameron who hustled some amazing ticket sales!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Thornloe fundraiser, and to Tania Mattes who sold a killer amount of cheese!! Thank you to everyone that has provided items to auction next month!!
Big thank you's to each and everyone one of you for helping us achieve this goal so far!! We are not done yet, but we are so close because of all of your help ♥♥
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Update 1
Posted by Shayna Desjardins
12 months ago
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$2000 in donations have come in, in 24 hours! This is absolutely mind blowing! I am so grateful for the outpouring of support we have received.
We are currently selling thornloe cheese and in the process of getting pepperettes! All proceeds will go directly to Gage.
I big huge thank you to everyone !

-shayna
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$6,400 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 99 people in 12 months
Created January 9, 2018
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