She has a wonderful husband who helps as much as he can, but he can’t be with her everywhere she goes and being independent is very important to Kristi. She has considered an electric wheelchair, however she has no way to transport one (it would require a special van/vehicle) and electric chairs are VERY expensive.
Every time I see her out and about with her young children and how she can't hold their hands as they walk next to her because she has to push herself, or struggling to get up an incline or not being able to enjoy a pumpkin patch with her kids because the terrain is too difficult to push herself through, I think to myself that I wish there was something I could do to help her. Well now there is!
There's an amazing wheelchair accessory called the SmartDrive MX2+ ("MX2"). It's a lightweight device that attaches to the back of a wheelchair providing hands free pushing power! It literally does the pushing for you and it's controlled by Bluetooth. It only weighs 12lbs so it's easy to transport and attaches quickly to the back of the chair. With the MX2, Kristi will be able to hold her children's hands as they walk next to her and she'll be able to push a grocery cart through the store for the first time on her own in over 25 years! Rougher terrain will no longer be an issue. With the MX2 she'll have the hands-free help she needs to maneuver without causing further arm, neck and back issues. She can start, stop and control the speed with a simple tap! Not only would this give Kristi greater independence, it would be a life changing device for her! Unfortunately the MX2 is expensive. With the accesories needed and tax, the price is between $7,000 - $7,500 and she has been unsuccessful in getting her insurance to cover the cost. This is where we need your help. Our goal is to raise enough funds for Kristi to purchase an MX2 before the 26th anniversary of her accident, which is October 26, 2017. Any contribution is greatly appreciated and would help to bring much needed relief and greater independence to an amazing woman's life! Join me in helping to make Kristi's everyday tasks less difficult and give her the gift of independence! Let's help make it possible for her to enjoy more activities with her family and friends! Your gift of any amount will be appreciated more than you can ever imagine!
- Margaret & James Beard
- Stevie and Glenn Parseghian
- Stephanie Hope
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