My father has suffered from Multiple Sclerosis for 26 years. MS is a unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that results in the immune system eating away at the protective covering of nerves. This disease has many symptoms but the major ones are extreme nerve pain like constant pins and needles and tingling burning sensations all over the body, loss of strength, and severe fatigue and vertigo issues.
Luckily my fathers illness has been a slow and steady progression but is now at the point where he can no longer walk and is completely relient on his power chair. Just the transfer from his recliner to his power chair or the chair to the car has become very dangerous and he has had many falls. Over the last few years he has basically lived in his recliner unable to go anywhere other than his doctors appointments due to the energy and dangers of trying to leave the house.
My father worked for many years at the Bucksport Mill until MS took his job, he is also a Navy veteran and has received amazing gifts from the VA like the power chair itself and they will also pay for a vehicle to become handicap accessible. The only problem is he would need a van to have this done and with the income he gets from disability we are unable to afford this.
Having a van will give my dad so many opportunities of visiting friends and family that he has lost. Due to the MS my dad didn't get to watch my sister and I graduate from college, he has missed all of his grandchildren's birthday parties and all the big family events, and hasn't been able to travel to any of his favorite places in Maine in years.
My dad is an amazing man who has done so much for so many people and I would love to be able to do this for him in return. I completely understand anyone unable to afford a donation but just a share of this page or a prayer sent our way would make a difference.
Thank you to everyone who took their time to read this,
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