Like many people who use wheelchairs full-time, I am prone to pressure sores. Unfortunately, recurrent sores have put me on bed rest while I heal. In order to stay pressure sore free, I need something called a standing wheelchair. This will allow me to frequently be upright during the day, alleviating the pressure on sensitive areas prone to skin breakdown. Since a standing wheelchair does not fold, I will no longer be able to drive my car, necessitating the purchase of a wheelchair accessible van. A wheelchair is often not covered by private insurance, and costs approximately $25,000, and a van can cost upwards of $50,000. For a lot of people, the cost involved makes the dream of owning a wheelchair van unattainable.
I am a public school teacher, and I work with very young children with special needs. My husband also works for the same public school district. While we love our jobs, we would not be considered "well-off". Being out of work, because of pressure sores caused by my current wheelchair, means my family won't be able to make ends meet. A standing wheelchair, and an accessible van, are things I need to remain independent, and successful. Your donation will go directly to purchasing the standing wheelchair, and wheelchair accessible van. If by chance, other funding comes through for the wheelchair, the funds raised will go directly to a wheelchair accessible van.
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