Wheels for Mike Webber

Russ PT has a good friend in need - please help in whatever way possible whether it be prayer, financially, sharing his story with friends and family or coming up with a fundraiser. We've got a lot of wit, intelligence, energy, and compassion in this community. We also have a very very large extended outreach! This friend in need is like family - Mike Webber. I'm going to post some pics then I will tell his story as best as I can. We had someone in our clinic tell us he is our Mephibosheth and when they said it, I felt it was being spoken over us. Look Mephibosheth up in the scriptures. Since that time. Every time over the past 4 months Mike has come to PT, he asks if we can help him figure out how to get a new van. Sadly, we have reached out to a couple of churches and received either a no or no response back. We have contacted the state governmental offices and found no resolution there either. James 1:27 - Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. So, Mike has been at our Russ PT clinic off and on since way way back - 2007? He LIGHTS up the place when he comes in and patients who see him in the clinic always ask about him and talk about how much light he brings to the environment. He loves the Lord. Marriage is very important to him. About 2-3 months before these pics were taken and before I knew I was going to have a new daughter-in-law soon, Mike dropped by our clinic. We hadn't seen him in probably over a year. He was so excited the day he stopped by to visit. He had a business card with his name on it that he was an ordained minister to perform weddings. The caregiver in the picture above had helped him jump through all the hoops to make that happen. Mike told us that if we knew of anyone wanting to get married, please pass his cards along. At the time, I really thought in my head - "I can't think of anyone willing to do that". I took the card and prayed God would hopefully give Mike the opportunity to perform a marriage ceremony sometime in his life. Little did I know that it would be my own two kids.

Mike's parents took great care of him, and when he was an adult, they made sure he was able to live on his own.  He currently receives monthly funding through the state to sustain normal living expenses.  Currently the van he has needs repairs for the transmission and also has an oil leak. It is a 2007 model with over 150000 miles and when he took it in to get an estimate on repairs they told him the cost for repairing in would be $10000. So.......that is where he is with everything. Even if he gets the van he has fixed, he could live another 10 years independently and would need a replacement. When I process through it, it seems like the best option is to replace the van now, and the new van should sustain him for the remainder of his years. He is completely dependent on caregivers, yet loves life and has lived well past what was expected. His presence in a room is a testimony to so so many - we have seen that multiple times over. People who are feeling sorry for themselves about their aches and pains and difficulties in life watch how he comes in with a smile and contagious laughter and realize life isn't so bad after all.

The cost for a new/barely used converted van is between $30000-
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Donations

  • Anonymous 
    • $133 
    • 28 d
  • Jace Russ 
    • $100 
    • 1 mo
  • Anna McCredy 
    • $100 
    • 3 mos
  • Evelyn Hooks 
    • $25 
    • 4 mos
  • Hailey Tunnell 
    • $50 
    • 4 mos
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Fundraising team: Wheels for Mike Webber (2)

JoeRhonda Russ 
Organizer
Raised $585 from 18 donations
Bentonville, AR
Jace Russ 
Team member
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