Help Thaddeus receive a Action Track Chair

Thaddeus Malik Sam is a 24 year old young man that can always be found in blue jeans and work boots.  The epitome of a true cowboy and rancher at heart while loving all of God's creatures big and small.  He particularly has a passion for horses.  Thaddeus is skillful about caring for horses through interaction and training of the animals. He and his animals develop a relationship with each other that requires complete trust.  It is almost magical to watch him work with the therapeutic techniques.

Before the his injury, Thaddeus' routine consisted of feeding, exercising the animals, repairing fences and cleaning the stalls of the habitant etc., general maintenance and carrying for the prized horses along with working in an industrial plant 100 miles each day.  He worked diligently around our farm and enjoyed doing it.  The work was of labor for some but came easy to him.  All of these things were a way of life for Thaddeus; it defined him at that point in his life. 

When Thaddeus endured a tragic accident in April 2018 his whole life was changed.  He was shot in the neck causing spinal cord injuries that resulted in paralysis.  Since then, life has been challenging in more ways than recovering from the many surgeries up to date.  All of the things that identified Thaddeus became enormous obstacles instantly.  He is currently living in the same home and environment but the ability to co-exist as before is all but a memory.  

In order for Thaddeus to continue training and grooming horses, he is in dire need of the Action Track Chair.  The Action Track Chair is an all terrain wheelchair that was created in 2009 designed to aid handicapped people in having more mobility outdoors. The track chair would allow Thaddeus to be able to reclaim and maintain those former activities that were and are important to him and a major part of the individual regain those lost moments.   The chair will also provide independence at the same time promote growth and psychological healing as the injury affects the body as well as the mind to have self-worth.  He struggles with depression due to his injury and lack of mobility and financial resources.  However, he has come along way physically and mentally but he is now at a delicate crossroad.  The track chair would provide motivation and hope that is sometimes hidden after these types of injuries and would shine a brighter light on the future and may also help rebuild loss motor skills and coordination to enhance his musculatory system.  

The manuel wheelchair that he currently has does not fulfill the use of his daily duties.  The determination is there to keep forward but the lack of resources causes' pain, a feeling of negative self-worth and frustration which is counterproductive.  

It would be greatly appreciated if you could render any assistance in providing this chair so that Thaddeus can work more comfortably and be effective.  Thank you for all your efforts in helping us to achieve this goal.

Donations (360)

  • Brandon Byrd
    • $10 
    • 10 mos
  • Megan Hoffman
    • $10 
    • 1 yr
  • Kristen S VandeVen
    • $50 
    • 1 yr
  • Anonymous
    • $50 
    • 1 yr
  • Tammie Benoit
    • $100 
    • 1 yr

Organizer and beneficiary

Damien Papillion
Opelousas, LA
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