ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, resulting in muscle loss, muscle weakness, and other physical impairments which gradually take away the ability to perform daily tasks. As of today, there is no cure for the disease.
Though his diagnosis was devastating, Poppy, along with my mother, have shown nothing but strength, courage, and faith since his diagnosis. Their lives have been forced to change dramatically over the past year and a half, but they continue to love each other unconditionally. Mom has to help dad do things she probably never thought she'd have to help him do, and dad continues to live with humor, humility, and grace. Truly, it's been an inspiration to watch their faith and love flourish despite the unrelenting effects of this disease.
Mom and dad's spirits can't be broken, but they still have physical needs. Treating ALS is expensive during the beginning stages of the disease and only gets more expensive as it progresses. There are prescriptions, infusions, home adaptations, wheelchairs, doctor visits, therapy, wheelchairs, and other necessary equipment that make living with the disease easier.
Currently, my dad can still stand up and walk around, although it's getting more difficult for him to do so. Recently, they bought a wheelchair that will help him continue to maintain some independence, and just a little independence is HUGE for the health of the mind.
Unfortunately, a wheelchair requires another expense, a vehicle to haul it around. That's where we're asking for help. Mom and dad are shopping for vans that are wheelchair accessible and have found a few that range in price from $20,000 to $35,000.
That's another huge expense on top of everything they're having to pay for every month. That's why we're asking for any amount you can afford to give toward the purchase of a van.
Thank you all for the prayers and support you've given me and my family. It can't be stated emphatically enough, it's very much appreciated.
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