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Help Rapid Rick stay on the Road

$21,165 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 126 people in 14 months
Created October 24, 2017
Rick Raducha has Osteogenesis Imperfecta known as 'Brittle Bone' disease. He has had over 200 bone fractures and must regularly deal with pain, fatigue and stiffness associated from these injuries. Despite the debilitating nature of his disease, Rick has always worked and driven to his beloved auto racing events. During his younger days, Rick still worked, often, even with a broken leg, arm, or rib. He’s a popular fixture at race tracks from Maine to Florida, and a friend to teams, drivers and fans. Though the OI disease has now eliminated Rick's ability to work daily it is important that he continue driving. Driving is a great form of excercise and is his only freedom.  His present van no longer provides the safe or secure travel any person needs, let alone one with brittle bones. A replacement van will cost close to $70,000. Rick has now purchased a Ford Transit van after testing several other modified vehicles.  Delivery is scheduled for the end of April or mid May. After the van is delivered to the dealer, a manufacturer of special equipment, will then install the elevator lift, door opener and hand controls that will allow Rick to enter and drive this van. Rick now only needs the finances to cover the special equipment costs. Any and all amounts are greatly appreciated.
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Update 32
Posted by Dawn Rick Raducha
2 months ago
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If you are one of the many who contributed to my GoFund page, I am so very thankful. Tomorrow the van goes to its final manufacturer, being Whelen Engineering to put some safety lights and interior lighting too.
Thanks so very much...
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Update 31
Posted by Dawn Rick Raducha
3 months ago
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This picture shows well the Hand Control and some of the Brake pedal we need to modify to be longer. I need it shaped in a stretched out _/_ kind of thing...

Monday October 1st is my appointment.

If Christian can get that created and then buttoned up, then Tuesday I'll be 'Hopefully' taking my Red Rocket on the road.

Please cross your fingers and say a few prayers I'll have the ability.
This picture shows well the Hand Control
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Update 30
Posted by Dawn Rick Raducha
3 months ago
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Thursday is another test day and measure of my reach to each control. I can't wait.
The basic Hand-controls are in.
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Update 29
Posted by Dawn Rick Raducha
4 months ago
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Next Tuesday I'm going to Advanced Wheels in Granby, Connecticut.

The Steering Box is back from New Jersey and it is being installed tommorow along with the Rack & Pinion and New hoses.

This is the only Ford Transit Van to ever have this level of modifications and handicapped items which will allow me to drive and operate everything.

Hopefully by next Friday, the 21st of September, my Red Rocket Ford will be back at Valenti Ford for Joel and Bob Valenti and the team managed by Ken Vaillancourt to get it ready for me.

Any added funds would be greatly appreciated....
Rapid Rick Ford Transit Race Red Van
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$21,165 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 126 people in 14 months
Created October 24, 2017
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Anonymous
2 months ago
CD
$100
Chris DuPont
3 months ago
MM
$300
Max McLaughlin
4 months ago
$50
Scott Lent
4 months ago
DL
$250
Donny Lia
4 months ago
RK
$100
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4 months ago
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