New wheelchair for Tony

On June 21, 2012, I was in an autovehicle accident which left me paralyzed below the chest. Since then, I have been working hard to gain and maintain my independence with numerous setbacks. No matter what happens, I know that I am strong and I will have a "normal" life, filled with joy and success, just as any other able-bodied person expects for themself. 

One thing that is imperitive to my well being, is having a strong, dependable wheelchair so that I can have maximum mobility, and the ability to move as freely as possible. The wheelchair that I currently have, while serves me well, no longer suits my needs, as I got it shortly after my accident and lots of things have changed. My wheelchair is like a piece of sporting equipment, as it needs to be fully functional in order to operate correctly and protect me from injury; my wheelchair is my legs.

Every five years, insurance does assist in purchasing a new wheelchair, but just as any other medical related expense, it does come with an out of pocket cost. Unfortunately, due to my current medical expenses, I do not have the money to afford the $1600 co-pay that is partnered with the purchase of the new chair. 

Anyone who knows me, knows that I hate asking for help. I like to be seen as strong and independent, but unfortunately, now, I have to ask. I know that at this time of year, money can be tight, and I fully understand if you can't contribute, take care of yourself first, but if there is any way you can help, I would be grateful beyond words. I feel like Sally Struthers, asking for money for the starving children right now.

If you do donate, thank you so much, if you dont, thank you for taking the time to read my story. I hope that you have an amazing holiday season and an even better new year.

Peace & love,
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Tony Pecorara 
Augusta, GA
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