Jaime’s mommy needs new wheels

Help Jaime get a new wheelchair van - Goal $20,000

Jaime is a funny, silly, loveable little boy who is about to celebrate his 13th birthday. He loves music - singing, dancing, and making his own - and he loves to play around with his friends and cousins. Jaime is also severely disabled. 

Jaime has cerebral palsy due to a severe brain injury that was diagnosed about two weeks after he was born. It has impacted his development majorly, and he is intellectually/developmentally disabled. He is considered non-verbal, and is unable to sit unsupported, stand, or walk. He is completely dependent on others for all of his activities of daily living, including bathing, diapering, and dressing. Intellectually, he functions on the level of a toddler. Jaime uses a wheelchair all of the time and is unable to help transfer himself in or out of the chair. 

Jaime needs a wheelchair van to be transported. His mother Maggie currently has a wheelchair van, but many of the modifications made to the van to accommodate a wheelchair have begun to malfunction or break entirely. This makes getting Jaime in the van and securing him extremely difficult. As with all cars, time has also taken its toll under the hood of the vehicle. 

Not only is the van the family’s only mode of transportation, but Jaime has to make frequent trips from Cape May County, NJ, to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. Due to his multiple disabilities, Jaime sees different specialists at the hospital and has had several surgeries and procedures there as well. 

Because Maggie has very few people who are able to help with Jaime, she is only able to work part-time so that she can be home to care for Jaime when he is not in school. Maggie is a single mother and Jaime’s father lives across the country, so she is not only Jaime’s primary caregiver, she is his only caregiver. 

Maggie is not in a financial position to purchase a vehicle, but she has begun to worry about the safety and reliability of the family’s van. Even used wheelchair vans are incredibly expensive because of the modifications needed to load and secure a wheelchair in the back. (Brand new wheelchair vans can cost more than many luxury cars!)

Donations (36)

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  • Marcie Samartino
    • $52 
    • 4 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $750 
    • 4 yrs
  • Pam Johnson
    • $100 
    • 4 yrs
  • Doris Humphrey
    • $25 
    • 4 yrs
  • Stephen Gephart
    • $20 
    • 4 yrs
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Organizer and beneficiary

Bridget Buchanan
Corbin City, NJ
Maggie McAdams

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