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New Van and Wheelchair

$12,390 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 94 people in 14 months
Created November 19, 2017
Hello friends!  I'm finally ready to bite the bullet and get myself a brand new wheelchair and slightly used wheelchair van.  But I need your help!  After insurance, my end will be $2k for the chair and $18k for the van.  I'm getting a loan, but appreciate anything you can do to help offset these costs.

The wheelchair is the sweetest thing and I'm totally stoked!  It's called a ZRA and has a titanium frame.  Here's a link to the website with pictures and description of all it's wonder.  I've been in the current wheelchair for over 5 years now and it's time for a new one.  I'm upgrading to a titanium frame because of how durable and lightweight it is.  The new chair will not be as wide as the old chair and will give me a much sleeker look.


Next is the wheelchair van.  I will be getting a used 2017 Dodge Caravan SXT.  Here is a link to the van on the MobilityWorks website, the vendor who I'm purchasing the van through.  I will be getting the conversion portion of the van paid for by NH Vocational Rehabilitation .  They are a program that specifically helps disabled people gain and keep employment.  Having this van will help me get to the meetings and training sessions that I will continue to be a part of in the coming years. Having my own vehicle will give me a new lease on life!  Not only will I be able to get to more meetings, but I'll also make more social events, run my own errands, and basically have more freedom.  This is something I've wanted/needed for a few years already and now I'm ready to get on the road and make s**t happen!


Anything you can give will be greatly appreciated!  Your support will help me continue my work of helping other people in New Hampshire.  In my positions on both the FSP and WHIM teams, I help people network and find resources.  My hope is that my work also helps strengthen the individual as well as the community. I have a lot to give and hope to get out there and spread the love.  With your generosity I know I can do it!



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Update 10
Posted by Chris Lopez
5 months ago
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It's happening! After months of waiting for approval, I'm getting my van this week! I've got a significant down payment and will be able to drive my adaptive 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan with Bluetooth and back-up camera, home, straight off the lot.
My payments will be affordable, but the fundraiser is still open for those interested in pitching in. You will be seeing me around more often in NH and I'll actually be able to go to those events for visitors and movers that I create on Facebook. My WHIM friends will see me around too, as we continue to grow and expand.
Thank you all so much for your love and support! I'm able to do as much as I do with YOUR HELP. It's true, much of my strength comes from the support of others. thank you

Pictures forthcoming <3
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Update 9
Posted by Chris Lopez
10 months ago
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I've reached 57% of my goal. Thanks to so many generous donors I've been able to pay for my wheelchair outright and a significant down payment for the van. I'll keep you updated. It's happening!
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Update 8
Posted by Chris Lopez
10 months ago
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UPDATE! My new wheelchair is being delivered tomorrow! Pictures to follow.
Thank you everyone for your generous support!!!
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Update 7
Posted by Chris Lopez
11 months ago
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Latest update for the wheelchair and van -

I spoke to actual people last week who let me know that it's still a waiting game.

After being told the previous week that my chair will be in "any minute," I called REQ on Thursday who said the chair is in! but no back rest... As soon as that comes in we'll schedule a delivery and if it fits (think of a custom made suit,) I'll be off to the races!

After several emails and a few phone tags, I spoke with my agent at VocRehab who tried to reassure me that they are still working on my case and will be in contact with MobilityWorks (the dealership I'm getting the van from) soon. I did also speak with my dealer at MW and he lmk that he will be reaching out to VR right away.

I'm waiting for approval of the hand controls and adaptions before I purchase the van. These adaptions are crucial to my being able to drive and I can't afford them without financial assistance from VocRehab. (you'd think i was buying a luxury sedan!)

So it's happening, but not as fast as I'd like it. I'll keep you updated and THANK YOU for the support!
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Raised by 94 people in 14 months
Created November 19, 2017
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