Update! WE HAVE FOUND A VAN! It's a used vehicle that we found for a STEAL. Coming in at $9800 we are a little over $4000 away from making this happen. We'll update the page to reflect the new goal shortly. Thank you to EVERYONE that has gotten us this far!!
Please, please, please, share this status and help us give this sweet man the BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER!!!
Together we can increase his quality of life and allow him to enjoy all of the things we take for granted!
My name is Kendal and I am raising money for two of my best friends Megan and Kevin. This is why:
Megan's dad, Ron, is a quadriplegic. He had surgery in 2004/2005 to correct herniated discs in his spine. That surgery went well, but he did not heal the way that doctors had anticipated. Following the surgery, he was mobile for a period of time. He could still work, walk, and drive, but that slowly became more difficult over the year to year and a half following the procedure. He began experiencing leg pain and muscle spasms that were extremely painful. He eventually had another surgery to insert a pump directly into his spine to help relieve some of that pain. Unfortunately, the trade-off for that was his mobility. He slowly began losing control of everyday motor skills and was a full quadriplegic by the end of 2008. A malpractice suit, they were told, would not hold up in court because he wasn't improperly diagnosed nor did he experience any complications during surgery.
Although insurance has assisted some throughout the years, it has become increasingly difficult to get basic things approved/ covered by insurance companies.
Whenever there is an emergency, an ambulance has to come pick him up in order to get him to the hospital. If ever he wants to go to a baseball game or just to dinner a special van has to be rented in order to transport him. This van costs 135 dollars every time they rent it.
My friends do not have the funds to purchase a van for Ron to be able to enjoy his life more and not have to worry about emergency situations. A used van that has already been converted to handicap accessible costs close to $50,000! They have just celebrated their one year anniversary as newlyweds and are expecting a baby in July. Both put themselves through college and have student loans on top of their every day expenses, and medical expenses for Ronnie.
We want Ron to be able to enjoy his life and by having a van to take him places his quality of life could be drastically increased. The freedom that Megan and Kevin would have with a van for Ron would help tremendously on so many levels!
What happened to Ron could happen to any of us. It was no one's fault, but unfortunately it has impacted his life and quality of life more than words can describe. The least we can do is help to make his life more enjoyable. Just having a van to take him to dinner with them for birthday celebrations, or to go to the park on a sunny day, or take a trip to Florida once a year, or to have incase he needs to see a doctor and Megan is home alone with the baby. These simple things that we all enjoy and take advantage of, he could take part in again!
Anything helps us to reach this goal! We just want Ron to enjoy the little things again!