Robin's physical strength continues to gradually deteriorate to the point where he is manually operated wheelchair bound while struggling to remain upright in it. He increasingly struggles to stand from a seated position and no longer can power himself across a carpeted floor. Where Robin's continuing needs center around physical mobility; his mental agility and ability to express himself remains largely unchanged.
Forced into retirement, Robin now receives Medicare and Medicaid. Consequentially, he is only required to pay a small percentage of the cost of such equipment. The cost of his personal care requires all of his retirement and Social Security to subsidize his present level of care, room and board less $150 for nominal personal expenses monthly.
The purchase of the electric wheelchair (Pride Jazzy Air2 - Spinlife extended range) has been the recommendation of his primary care physician, given the anticipation of several more potentially productive years with that assist.
This wheelchair is needed immediately enabling Robin sufficient tools to independently manage personal movement to sustain and enable a new business plan on Amazon in the collection, processing and packaging for sale of elk and deer antlers naturally shed in Idaho. Various length (6-9 ") segments will be marketed as natural, healthy alternative dog chewies appropriate for a full population of dogs. This is an Amazon business that has expanded 20 fold in the past year. Robin's business plan contains a number of unique and attractive features.
Success of this business is dependent in total on Robin's personal mobility, not in collecting antlers, but in building a cooperative collection effort to effectively meet customer desires by maintaining diverse inventory. A percentage of the profits will subsidize existing first responder helicopter services which played a great part in saving Robin's life in rural Idaho.
Subsequent Gofundme requests may follow to assist Robin's potential to further strengthen himself and the business. However, that funding is not necessary or anticipated at this time.
Avid chess playing has kept Robin's mind active and his spirits high in the face of his challenges. He would like to provide "proof of life" by challenging each contributor to games of online chess. This is not meant to show himself to be a competent chess player, so much as a friendly one. Games can be played at Chess.com where Robin has a subscription. Contributors will have guest privileges.
- Robert Bishop
- Linda Valentine
- Laura Nixon
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