I tell you these things, because knowing the way he would think, he would never ask a dime for himself. But Scott needs our help. I know that many of you have known this dear man much longer than I have. I also know you will want to help if you know why.
When you become paralyzed, you muscles atrophy away because of lack of use. Bone now lays right against your skin without the layer of muscle to protect. Because of our lack of sensation, you do not feel the pain of that bone starting to cut off the circulation under you and your tissue begins to die. When this happens, huge holes called pressure sores develop. These sores can quickly...within days...become life threatening. At the best, you are put to bed while they heal which takes a very long time because of our poor circulation.
To take care of ourselves, we have to do pressure releases. Which means, we must keep repositioning ourselves so that our blood flow does not stop and kill our tissue. No pressure releases = pressure sores.
Electric wheelchairs are equipped with seats that tilt backwards to allow us to make that pressure relief. Scott recently got a much needed new wheelchair approved by insurance....except they will NOT approve his tilt feature. Because medical mark-up is so unbelievably high, this feature will cost Scott $6,500. This is a huge amount of money for a man who already faces enough challenges already. Without this feature, the cost is much greater for Scott physically. This is not a fancy "upgrade". This is a vital piece of his equipment that is needed to keep Scott healthy and active. We cannot allow this to happen.
Scott was injured when he was a young man, and he has lived his life joyfully facing what God chosen for him. He has given back to others his entire life. Those of you who have known him longest know this is true.
It is our turn to help him. I asked Scott to write you a message so you can hear from him. Thank you for helping! Let's get this money raised!
Hi, I'm Scott Mitchell and I've been a paraplegic since 1981 when I was a student in college. My accident changed far more than my ability to walk and stand. It changed my life! I found direction and purpose through Christ who has encouraged me along my journey.
In the plus-30 years since, it's been my joy to encourage hurting people everywhere and in all walks of life, sharing the Savior's love with them in a variety of contexts: as pastor, itinerant speaker, blogger, and teacher. I'm joined by my wife of 32 years, Sandy (and, yes, we fell in love and married after my accident), who is my faithful encourager and cheerleader!
Thank you so much for prayerfully considering a contribution to this pressing need. The Lord bless and encourage you for your generosity!
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