Hello, my name is Robert Adkins. The purpose of being on this website is to raise money for a new powered wheelchair. In 1979 I was injured in a car accident in which I broke my neck and severed my spinal cord at the C-5 level and have been a quadriplegic ever since. With the realization I could no longer do physical labor for a living, I decided to enroll in college. I graduated in 1992 with a Bachelors of Science degree and went on to have a 10 1/2 year career with the State of Florida but had a medical setback and became unable to work.
The wheelchair I am currently sitting in was funded by Vocational Rehabilitation of Florida back in 2000. Through the years they helped me quite a bit with medical supplies, equipment, adaptation of my van, etc. However, due to their criteria, I have not been eligible for their services since 2004.
My wheelchair is totally inoperable with the exception of allowing me to sit in one spot. The company from which it came, Invacare, will no longer repair their flagship chair of that year. Due to many costly repairs to my wheelchair throughout the years, my funds are depleted and I find myself in a position of needing a new one. Because of the severity of my disability, I require a customized powered wheelchair, one that needs adapted seating, height, width, special leg, foot, and arm rests. In addition to these, I require an automatic leg bag opener and reinforced backing so that I dont lose my independence. The small monthly income I receive from Social Security Disability goes to pay my attendants, purchase my disposable medical supplies and other various living expenses.
My goal is to raise $17,500. As a result of my past experiences and association with the disabled community, products, services and the chair I'm currently stranded in (whose manufacturer's chairs I have used since 1979), I believe my goal is a realistic amount to acquire a chair that will meet all my daily needs. I'm hoping the friends and neighbors of the online community will find my cause worthy enough to contribute. Thank you in advance for your much appreciated support!
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