Cam's Wheelchair Accessible Van

$2,125 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 33 people in 40 months
Hello,

We are Mike and Rod. We're organizing this fundraiser to raise money for our best friend Cameron Dewar.  He is a high level quadriplegic, and desperately needs a new wheelchair accessible van. His current van is a 1994 Caravan, which he originally purchased a couple years after his accident. He was 18 at the time, and now is 38. It has served him very well, but it is now 22 years old, and not only is reliability a big concern, but the van (interior and exterior) has deteriorated greatly. Also, due to the very dated modifications and Cam growing since he originally purchased the van, he can't physically enter it without hitting his head on the roof. 

For someone with a spinal cord injury, a vehicle modified to suit their needs is second only to their wheelchair as far as mobility and independence is concerned. Cam is as active as he can be, and having his own accessible van plays a major role in this.  Without an accessible van of his own, he wouldn't be able to travel anywhere outside of his small town, and this would be a major setback.  With Cam being a high level quadriplegic, he can't sit it regular vehicles like some paraplegics can.  He has to remain in his electric wheelchair.  This is why a new van with a lowered floor is so important to anyone with a disability like Cam's.

A new accessible van that suits his needs costs $50,000, and as of now he doesn't have any funding from charities. Hopefully this will change, but even if it does, the funding won't cover the whole price of a new vehicle.

Please help Cam get the necessary funds to purchase a new wheelchair accessible van. Thank you for taking the time to read his story, and thank you for your donations. We know for a fact that Cam is very grateful.

Sincerely,

Mike and Rod (and Cam)
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We would like to thank everyone that's donated thus far. Cam is extremely grateful for your generosity.

Added some photographs of Cam out and about, which wouldn't have been possible without a van.

The camping pictures are a yearly weekend getaway for Cam with us/his friends and family. Not only is it a highlight for Cam every year, but it is for his friends, too, because Cam can't join us on our numerous weekends away to our cottages simply because either the cottage isn't accessible, or the lake/dock is inaccessible due to a steep hill with many stairs. The picture of Cam in his van shows the headroom he had in 2008; it's much less now because he's grown.

The wedding picture is from a trip Cam took to Ottawa to be with one of his ex-garegiver friends on a special day.

Again, thank you very much for all the donations thus far.

Mike and Rod
Cam's annual camping weekend.
Trip to Ottawa for a friends wedding.
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Amanda Dunnydo
39 months ago

Much love xxx

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$2,125 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 33 people in 40 months
Created April 4, 2016
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NP
$40
Nicole Panagopka
25 months ago

Cam, you better take me for a ride when you get this new van!

GW
$50
Gillian Whiston
25 months ago
$50
Chad Driscoll
25 months ago
$100
Anonymous
31 months ago
CH
$10
Christian Hoard
38 months ago
BM
$100
Ben Martin
38 months ago
HN
$50
Heather & Dave Northey
38 months ago

Good luck! We know how much you need a new van.

JW
$50
Joan & Gord Wilson
38 months ago

All the best Cam. Hope you get a new van.

$100
Anonymous
38 months ago
MM
$25
Michael Macrides
39 months ago
Amanda Dunnydo
39 months ago

Much love xxx

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