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!

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ORIGINAL POST:

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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Vala Burnett 
Organizer
Alameda, CA
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