Help Ty Fight Ehlers Danlos & more

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Raised by 108 people in 31 months
My life once very active, has now been changed forever due to the disorder of Ehlers Danlos, a ligament disorder where all of my ligaments function as if they were stretched out rubber bands.  My name is Tyler Simons and I am 28 yrs old, spending most of my days in a recliner due to the severe pain which is caused by EDS and the inability to enjoy movement of my body in the smallest of daily tasks.  I was diagnosed at 11 yrs old when I was constantly spraining or breaking ankles and engaging in other injuries due to the hyper joint sublexing.  While it was amusing as a young guy to twist my body into all kinds of positions, as an adult, I now can enjoy little activity and even forget what it is like to live with no or little pain.  My excellent team of doctors at the Hershey Medical Center have been working together to see the completion of an electric wheelchair, which would be specific to the needs of my body.  I am so excited as while I was being fitted for a chair, I had little pain while sitting in a similar one which will be manufactured for my body specifications.  I am blessed that my insurance will cover 100% cost of the wheelchair. 
My parents divorced 14 yrs ago, leaving my mom with the full time caregiving for me as I also deal with Tourette Syndrome and Rheumetoid Arthritis.  While we know that God does and will provide for our daily needs, and having met with the gentleman who educated us about Mobility Vans for transportation, the financial burden of securing a Mobility Van is a little overwhelming.  My dad has offered to contribute $10K towards the purchase of a Handicapped Van.  My faith is very strong, as it is through God only, which gets me through each day with my multiple disorders.  My days in recliner within the four walls gets pretty depressing having been a real active kid and teenager.  Now I get excited to go to doctor appointments, if it weren't for the extreme pain while riding in a car and using manual wheelchairs.
It's hard for my mom and me to ask for anything and especially help from others.  Financing a Mobility Van is something we cannot afford so our friends have suggested starting a gofundme fundraising event.  While it is difficult for many to contribute financially, we would ask an interest in your prayers for healing from continual pain, as only the great physician can give.  My mom and I are blessed with all of your friendships, which has been the greatest gift one could ever receive.  May you all be blessed as we work together to make a difference, one life at a time, for HIS sake!

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Thank you for all who have given sacrificially to buy a handicapped van for my nephew, Tyler. This post from my sister shares how God is providing. Thank you all. Our hearts have been blessed by your kindness.

Our hearts were blessed this morning to receive a phone call from a friend who wants to match funds to bring Tyler’s dream of a mobility van for his electric wheelchair to fruition. Tyler’s van is graciously being held at Total Mobility Services in Harrisburg, PA with only $3,500 needed to bring the van home!!!! We are excited to say the least! With two scheduled doctor appointments this month, this means Tyler could have his own transportation rather than renting a van. This donor will match contributions until Thanksgiving. Thanks to those of you who already have contributed, and many more than once. God certainly provides. Thanks for continuing to pray for Tyler with his EDS and painful days and nights. We are so very blessed by all of you. Gofundme.com/help-ty-fight-ehlers-danlos-more
Tyler and his mom, JoDell Simons
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My heart is full of gratitude for your support both financially and through prayer for my physical situation. I am totally overwhelmed by your generosity daily. Everyone from all walks of my journey, and even those I don't know, are reaching out to me. You have no idea how encouraging that is!! My Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (connective tissue disorder) continues to be dibilitating as it presents with pain which makes my days and nights quite long.. I'm still in need of transportation for my chair and I'm so grateful to each one of you who have contributed to make the dream of a handicapped van come to reality ! I'm trusting just one day at a time that the Lord will meet these needs in His time. We are getting closer to reaching our goal. With promised contributions, I am only $5,600 away from obtaining a handicapped van. It's seeming more of a reality now and I'm so excited to think I'll be able to get to my appointments without having to rent a van. . My mom and I are so grateful for your friendships and your ongoing support. Thanks again for always being there for us! Tyler
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My heart is full of gratitude for your support both financially and through prayer for my physical situation. I am totally overwhelmed by your generosity daily. Everyone from all walks of my journey, and even those I don't know, are reaching out to me. You have no idea how encouraging that is!! My Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (connective tissue disorder) continues to be dibilitating as it presents with pain which makes my days and nights quite long.. I'm still in need of transportation for my chair and I'm so grateful to each one of you who have contributed to make the dream of a handicapped van come to reality ! I'm trusting just one day at a time that the Lord will meet these needs in His time. We are getting closer to reaching our goal. With promised contributions, I am only $6,000 away from obtaining a handicapped van. It's seeming more of a reality now and I'm so excited to think I'll be able to get to my appointments without having to rent a van. . My mom and I are so grateful for your friendships and your ongoing support. Thanks again for always being there for us! Tyler
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My heart is full of gratitude for your support both financially and through prayer for my physical situation. I am totally overwhelmed by your generosity daily. Everyone from all walks of my journey, and even those I don't know, are reaching out to me. You have no idea how encouraging that is!! My Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (connective tissue disorder) continues to be dibilitating as it presents with pain which makes my days and nights quite long.. I'm still in need of transportation for my chair and I'm so grateful to each one of you who have contributed to make the dream of a handicapped van come to reality ! I'm trusting just one day at a time that the Lord will meet these needs in His time. It's hard to be patient because the four walls get really close each day but I also realize others have it far worse. My mom and I are so grateful for your friendships and your ongoing support. Thanks again for always being there for us! Tyler
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Kelsey D Patterson
28 months ago

Tyler! It has been years since I've seen you and some how came across this post. I will be praying for you continueously. So sorry for the troubles that have come your way. Stay strong and true to yourself. God is good and remember nothing is impossible. God Bless you!

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Tyler Espenshade
30 months ago

Praying for you brother. Stay strong and keep your spirits up. God bless!

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Created December 29, 2016
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Deb and Steve Malaro
20 months ago

We’r thinking of you.

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Kelsey D Patterson
28 months ago

Tyler! It has been years since I've seen you and some how came across this post. I will be praying for you continueously. So sorry for the troubles that have come your way. Stay strong and true to yourself. God is good and remember nothing is impossible. God Bless you!

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Tyler Espenshade
30 months ago

Praying for you brother. Stay strong and keep your spirits up. God bless!

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