Rick Reece's HC Accessible Vehicle

Rick Reece has been a police officer since 1979, the last 15 years with the Lakemoor Police Department.  He has been a dedicated public servant for 42 years and has received many commendations for his service including life-saving awards and supervisor of the Police Explorers youth group.

In March 2019, Rick went to the hospital with numbness and tingling in his legs.  Just hours later he was unable to walk and his medical issues began.  He was diagnosed with acute transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord. He has undergone months of physical therapy and has made some progress.  About one-third of people with this myelitis recover within two years with no or little effects remaining.  Rick's progress has been somewhat slower.  He may not gain any additional mobility than he has right now. 

Rick is trying to become more independent and mobile by buying a handicap accessible vehicle.  He has located one with the type of lift and additional hand-control equipment already installed.  He has been home bound in his wheelchair for 23 months except for trips to physical therapy or doctors appointments which he takes a PACE paratransit bus. Rick has located a used vehicle that meets his needs in Illinois.  It already has the side lift and chair lock installed and is ready to drive.  The lift he needs moves his chair into the drivers position as he is not able to transfer from his chair to a seat.

Having a vehicle would mean the world to Rick as he could do his own grocery shopping, errands and medical appointments and most importantly would allow him to rejoin the working world and increase his self-sufficiency.  Please consider making a donation to Rick to purchase this vehicle and help him move into the next stage of his recovery.

On behalf of Rick, thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers for his recovery. Please share this GoFundMe with anyone you think may be able to help.
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Organizer and beneficiary

John Roehlk
Crystal Lake, IL
Richard Reece

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