Since the age of 5 I have been disabled. During my second heart surgery I had what they call a spinal chord infarction, essentially a stroke in the spine. At first I was told I would never walk again, but fortunately regained some feeling and usage of my legs. I spent the next 9 years in and out of rehabilitation, physio therapy and multiple surgeries. As I get older I get weaker, I deal with chronic muscular and skeletal pain, nerve pain and partial paralysis. I use a cane but lately have been needing something for more me to live a more comfortable life to continue to be independent so I am fundraising money for a wheelchair. Unfortunately FNIHB will not cover wheelchair costs until I get an assessment done by a OT but due to COVID-19 that could be months. I am also in the process of getting a mobility service dog, a well trained service dog costs up to 30,000$. A mobility service dog assist in many tasks, a few to name would be stabilizing and bracing, alerting bystanders if I have fallen, bringing my wheelchair to me if I am unable and many other tasks. All proceeds will be going to a light weight active wheelchair, installation of medical equipment for me to easily and safely access my home and a service dog. (shower aid installations, etc) so I continue living my everyday life comfortably. I deeply appreciate the community support to helping me fulfill my financial goal.
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