So I am putting this together for a client of mine that I would now consider a very good friend... The idea is to help Pam to raise money for a new van... So here is a little info on who she is and why....
Pam was born with a disability is called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, which caused her to use a wheelchair her whole life, but this has NOT in anyway shape or form slowed her down ☺
The process of getting a new vehicle for Pam or anyone with a disability is a very long and tedious journey.
Because of the age (13 years) of her existing van and the adaptive equipment, none of the equipment such as left foot accelerator, shift box or the starter control panels can be transferred to a new vehicle. That said, the state of MI will, if she meets certain criteria, Will assist in the purchasing of that equipment.
Once Pam purchases the van, it then has to be shipped to Braun corporation in Indiana to be converted with a kneeling system and ramp (4-6 weeks). Then the van gets shipped back to Grand Rapids for the remainder of the equipment to be installed (4-6 weeks).
A van already converted with kneeling system and ramp, the cost starts at $35,000. By purchasing a van off the lot it saves $10-15,000. Then there is the additional insurance to cover all of the adaptive equipment.
So Pams cost is obviously the van, which will run between $20-25,000.
So I'm asking anyone and everyone to try and help out... even if it is a very small donation this would mean the world to Pam... She works as much as she can, but with the way the "system" works if she works too many hours they pull her disability ......so with that money is pretty tight! Thank you to everyone in advance!
- Cindy Vaughn
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