Who is Mason?
Mason is a thirteen-year-old boy with multiple disabilities, is 100% dependent on his family and is getting bigger, heavier and hard for his 5ft nothin’ mama to get in and out of the vehicle. Currently, we drive a Chrysler Mini Van, have to transfer Mason from his wheelchair to car seat and then load the wheelchair into the back of the van.
What is the need?
After meeting with a mobility expert and talking with conversion companies about Mason’s specific needs and concerns, we have narrowed down our needs to a single make/model. The Toyota Sienna and a conversion through Braun Ability or VMI appears to be the only mini-van/ramp combination we have without having to go to a full-size van with a lift.
Why a specific make and model?
Mason has seizures every day, they are intense and always begin with a “jackknife” he folds forward with his arms and legs straighten up. He also has brittle bone disease so we have to make sure there is nothing around to restrict his movements during a seizure due to his high risk of breaking bones (this has happened three times). The Toyota offers the most interior room of any conversion on the market. It affords us the ability to place his chair where he would not hit his legs on the seat in front of him during a seizure. It is also the only option for a “jump seat” (a fold-down seat next to him for his nurse/caregiver to assist during trips to and from appointments).
So how much might a Toyota Mini-Van with a ramp cost one might ask??? The two quotes we received were between $71,000 and $75,000… you know just the cost of your basic Porsche but you still get all the glory of driving a swagger wagon!
How you can help:
Now we are left with figuring out how to pay for this vantastic beastmobile. We love all of our kids so selling one isn’t an option. Grant applications thus far have been denied, a loan payment would take the place of our mortgage and although roomy, there’s not enough room for our family of six to actually live in it. So here we are reaching out to our family, friends and community, humbly requesting your help. To help us get the word out please share the link to your Facebook timeline!
A HUGE “Thank you” in advance to all who have taken the time to read, donate, share and show us the love!!
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