Funding Wheelchair Access Expenses

Hello, my name is Colleen Lade and I’m in need of financial help. I was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as Brittle Bone Disease. For people living with this condition, something as simple as a cough can cause broken ribs. I have broken more than 300 bones in my lifetime. But despite my challenges, I’m proud to say that I have worked full-time and lived independently for the past 34 years.

However, I recently experienced a bad fall that caused my femur to break in half. As much as I hate to admit it, I’m realizing that I can no longer live alone. Thankfully, I have a wonderful sister who has offered to let me live with her.  But in order to accommodate my wheelchair, her home will require significant renovations, including a stairlift and a roll-in shower. I also can no longer be lifted in and out of a car, so I need to purchase a van with a wheelchair lift. The van will allow people to get me places, such as doctor appointments, church, work and family gatherings.

I’ve done most things on my own throughout my life, and I’ve come further than anyone ever thought I would, so it pains me a little to ask for help, but the reality is that I really need it. I would greatly appreciate any support you can provide, so I can move in with my sister and continue to maintain a good quality of life.

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Colleen Lade 
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Aurora, CO
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