Handicap Van for Momma

My Momma, Carol Codianne suffered a massive stroke on February 28, 2010. The stroke left her paralyzed on her right side and unable to speak and walk. We have been homebound since her stroke. It was necessary for me to quit my job with UPS to care for my family. The loss of my income has affected our family greatly. We are living on the families social security income, which is why we cannot afford to buy the handicap van outright. We only go to doctor appointments if the transportation company shows up on time. Which is hit or miss. Of the four appointments she's had scheduled this year, we've had to reschedule two of them due to the bus not showing up. We cannot go to church or family functions because there is no public transportation for that.

We moved to the country in South Georgia from San Diego, California, in 2004. Momma wanted to live closer to her sister. We had six good years before she had the stroke. She was a vivacious woman who always took excellent care of her family. She has two adult sons (my brothers) with Fragile X Syndrome and Autism. She has always made sure the boys were happy and well cared for. We've been told by several doctors and psychiatrists that they have outlived their life expectancies because of the care that they received at home. I am now doing my very best to take care of all three of them, but it's difficult without a handicap van.

We were used to going to church, restaurants, and family outings. Moving to the country which was initially a blessing for us as we could get out and enjoy the country life. Now, however, with Momma's stroke and the boys health getting progressively worse (which is an issue with Fragile X Syndrome) being homebound in the country when there are no doctors, grocery stores, or much of anything close by is creating difficulties that are hard to manage without proper transportation.

A handicap van would not only mean going to doctor appointments comfortably and on time, but having a life, going to church and family functions. The only entertainment we have is the television, instead of just that, it would be amazing to just have a picnic in the park.

I was in a car accident in March. The family car was totaled. We have part of the money to buy a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander handicap van with a Braun conversion. With the money from the insurance claim, we have half the money needed to buy the van. We're $7,000 short of obtaining the freedom of having the handicap van. Please help us! God bless you!

Thank you for considering helping us!

10527875_1460262220.9317_funddescriptionMomma and me eight months after her stroke.

10527875_1460262165.1017_funddescriptionIn order Catherine (me), Kenny, Momma (Carol), Brad, & my brother, Harry.

10527875_1460262253.1139_funddescriptionMomma and Aunt Shirley on Thanksgiving, three months before the stroke.


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Catherine Codianne 
Lenox, GA
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