Wheelchair Van for Joy

Help Us Care For Joyce - by providing transportation!

UPDATE:  Joy continues to face medical challenges, and will be facing three more surgeries in 2017.  Any additional funds donated will be used to help cover continuing medical costs.  

UPDATE:  Van acquired, THANK YOU!  Because of this van and your support, we've been able to welcome her HOME.  Thank you!


Those of you who already know our mother, Joyce Elmore, know about the ongoing medical issues she's been experiencing over the past two and a half years.  She's experienced multiple surgeries, and is facing at least two more in the next year.

The reason for this post is because she's been in a wheelchair almost the entire time, and getting her in and out of a regular car has been extremely difficult/painful, and many times (like now!) impossible.  We're having to use professional medical transportation for something as simple as a 15 minute ride to the doctor - and if we had a van, we could simply DO it.  Having a wheelchair van would assist us in providing care for her, as it's very challenging to schedule medical transports - and it would ALSO allow her to more fully participate in life.  While she's currently in a care home, she's expected to come home after her next surgery (scheduled for early September), and having a wheelchair van would mean that instead of being housebound, she could go to the grocery store with my father, visit family, or take a drive to the shore and "walk" along the beach with friends.

The catch - a wheelchair van costs between $40,000-$50,000.  We don't have that.  Even with insurance, my parents are already facing over $100,000 in medical bills.  Pulling together, we could probably cover $20,000, which is why we're asking for assistance with the rest.

Please share as widely as possible - on Facebook, through email chains, or even flyers to pass out at church or community gatherings!  Contact us if you would like a flyer, or feel free to make your own.

If it's possible to have a van waiting for her when she's ready to come home in one to two months, it would be a dream come true!  If we do not reach our goal, all monies will be used to help cover the cost of her care at home.

Thank you!
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