Connie's Dream Machine Fund

$2,448 of $17,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 24 months
Hi my name is Connie .  I am the first person to go to college in my family.  I am very excited to have this  opportunity.  
     When I was 3 years old I was diagnosed with a genetic medical condition called Mitochondrial Disorder and it's played a major role in my life . 
  When I was younger there were  many people who didn't  believe  that I could ever make it this  far,   but I wanted to show others that it doesn't matter what your limitations are,  that if you put your mind to it,  you can accomplish anything. 
     Going to college has always been a dream of mine   and I'm so  excited to be a student at Whittier college, however, having Mitochondrial Disorder does bring challenges when it comes to my academic goals.
     Since I am unable to move my body at all without assistance, I rely on others to help me with completing my assignments. For example, writing an essay, doing research, and reading a book requires someone else typing out what I say or turning pages for me. My family, friends, and nurses have been such an amazing support system, but needing someone else to be my hands is a struggle. Those who help and support me have many other responsibilities and tasks to fulfill, which means that they can't always assist me with work that I am physically unable to do on my own.
     I was recently given the chance to try a special device called a Tobii Dynavox which allows me to type, read, search the web, and become more independent all with just the movement of my eyes. It has even helped me with something I thought couldn't ever be resolved. My condition makes it hard for me to speak clearly and it's often difficult for people to understand me, but this eye scanning computer has made it easier for me to better communicate with others as it translates my text into speech.
     This device has had a huge positive impact on my life and it has been such a great help for not only me, but also for those I've been dependant on. Unfortunately, my insurance company has given no indication that they will provide funding for me to have one of my own because they don't realize how much I need it. Me and my family aren't rich and we don't have the financial means of buying it ourselves, but this machine is so important to us, which is why we are asking for help.

My family and I would greatly appreciate any support you can give. 
  Thank you for taking your time to read my story.
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Hi everyone I just found out that we probably won't be able to afford my dorm which isn't a complete disaster but it would be a lot more difficult for me to be a commuter for a few different reasons. I could really use some help. Even if you can't donate, I would appreciate if you could share my go fund me page.
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Tomorrow is my last day of orientation, then first day of college officially starts Wednesday! So excited !!
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Krystalyn Boldwyn
23 months ago

Sending some $ your way soon girl. Just gonna get to that payday ♥

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$2,448 of $17,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 24 months
Created August 30, 2016
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RM
$20
Richard Mares
4 months ago

God bless you, keep up the great work.

CM
$20
Connie Mares
6 months ago

My Best Wishes to you.

$25
Debi Byrnes
10 months ago

I hope that you are able to reach your goal.

$50
Anonymous
11 months ago
AK
$118
Annette Kulik
11 months ago

Saw the article about you in the Daily News! You are amazing, incredible, beautiful inside and out, and an inspiration to all. LET'S GET THAT MACHINE!

$100
Anonymous
11 months ago
$1,000
Anonymous
11 months ago
LB
$50
Lorenzo Benet
11 months ago

Go Connie - you are an inspiration!

Krystalyn Boldwyn
23 months ago

Sending some $ your way soon girl. Just gonna get to that payday ♥

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