Help Paralyzed Man Help Disabled

$95,790 of $500,000 goal

Raised by 104 people in 32 months
Note: Ed Kane died Sept. 5 but we are keeping his introduction for the time being:

My name is Ed Kane. About four years ago I was diagnosed with ALS. People with ALS typically live three to five years. I'm a quadriplegic and without my wheelchair I couldn't get around at all. I communicate with my cell phone, and voice recognition on my computer. Lately, I've had to breathe with the help of a CPAP machine. When this disease keeps me from breathing, I've decided not to be intubated. I don't want anything for myself. But while I have time, I really want to help other disabled people get the medical equipment they need.
Watch the original story about D4D on CBS Chicago.


When I was diagnosed with ALS, I had a sudden need for a complex wheelchair--one that can move in many directions. It cost $30,000. But my health insurance had a cap of $2,500 for medical equipment. I had to take the money out of my 401(k) retirement fund to pay for it.

Not everyone who is disabled is lucky enough to have money for a wheelchair or other durable medical equipment--canes, walkers, beds, lifts, etc. They have to wait weeks or even months for Medicare or Medicaid to pay for it. I have a nephew who has muscular dystrophy and who had to wait eight months for his wheelchair.

I've founded a nonprofit called Devices 4 the Disabled (D4D, see supportd4d.org or www.facebook.com/supportd4d). Its mission is simple: collect durable medical equipment from those who no longer need it and distribute it to those who need it most.

I'm asking for the first year of funding because I won't be here in 2017 and I want to make sure this operation is funded. Then I can rest in peace. Any donation of any size is really appreciated. Donations are tax-deductible.

D4D is going to collect equipment from the families of former hospice patients, or from nursing homes and other institutions, as well as individuals. Our partner Pickens-Kane Moving & Storage is going to store and transport the equipment. We'll deliver in "as-is" condition to charitable organizations, churches, and other groups that can distribute to those in need. It's as simple as that.

Right now the most important thing in my life is to focus on what I can do, with the amount of time I have left. One of the things I can do is to do something to help other people. Families who have got equipment they don't use can help other people too. That's the most satisfying thing in the world. Thanks for your help. And thanks to my D4D colleague and friend Greg Holden for posting and managing this fundraiser.
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Wonderful day at our new Ed Kane Center. Watch this story on CBS that puts it all in perspective.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/video/3775061-devices-4-the-disabled-a-dream-come-true/
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I didn't take this photo as an ad for Devices 4 the Disabled, but it does show how valuable a rollator can be to someone who needs a little help getting around. That's my father, Larry Holden, on the right, with my daughter Lucy. He had just received a rollator from D4D and was happy that he could get around the block and sit down once in a while to take a break. Dad's daily walks were important to him. Yesterday he passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his children, at age 88. The rollator and some other items will go back to D4D so they can be used by someone else. That's what's important to me, and to D4D as well: helping those in need. This holiday season, please consider clicking Donate on this page or on our website (supportd4d.org) so we can keep doing what we do. --Greg Holden, Devices 4 the Disabled.
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Devices 4 the Disabled took a small step this week. We took possession of warehouse space on the Southwest side of Chicago. We are readying it to become the Ed Kane Center, our showroom, distribution, and repair center for reused durable medical equipment. More news later as we move towards opening day!
A seed is planted..........
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It's wonderful to hear from people who have received equipment from us and to learn how it will help them. A powerful testimony can be found on our blog today from a single mom whose son, who has been her mainstay, is heading off to college. But with her new scooter, she'll be able to get herself around and he won't have to worry about her. Read more here: http://supportd4d.org/with-this-scooter-i-am-able-to-pay-our-rent/
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Dana Lehman Chiaramonte
19 months ago

Hid gofundme account is : Colby Krebs pleassssse help He's a great young man just wanting to live.

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Dana Lehman Chiaramonte
19 months ago

My nephew is a quad for nearly 2 years. The facility he was in borrowed h a chair. He's 30 w no living parents & desperately needs a chair & van. If anyone can help?

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Dana Lehman Chiaramonte
19 months ago

I have been looking for this man for a month now. Was recommended by a friend. Great work!!

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Manish Batra
21 months ago

Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment. Thanks for sharing. KM 2500 Wheelchair Keep Posting:)

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Manish Batra
22 months ago

Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment. Thanks for sharing. km 2500 wheelchair Keep Posting:)

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$95,790 of $500,000 goal

Raised by 104 people in 32 months
Created December 9, 2015
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KT
$50
Katherine Tootelian
16 days ago

Kane family neighbor.

BH
$60
Barbara HOWELL
18 days ago

What an awesome organization - wanted to make a donation in honor of Ed's brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Cindy, as they celebrate milestone birthdays. Barb & Danny Howell

$100
Sara Benson
7 months ago

In memory of Ed Kane.

KW
$300
Karl Wolf
8 months ago

In Loving Memory of Larry Holden from Karl Wolf, Jon Wolf and Lisa DeWitt. RIP.

DH
$500
Doug Hamilton
8 months ago

God bless all those who need help and those who give.

LL
$20
Lynda Lester
8 months ago

In honor of the memory of Greg Holden's Dad.

$10
Kandy Butterly
8 months ago

In honor of Larry Holden. May his rollator help many more people in need.

Dana Lehman Chiaramonte
19 months ago

Hid gofundme account is : Colby Krebs pleassssse help He's a great young man just wanting to live.

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Dana Lehman Chiaramonte
19 months ago

My nephew is a quad for nearly 2 years. The facility he was in borrowed h a chair. He's 30 w no living parents & desperately needs a chair & van. If anyone can help?

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Dana Lehman Chiaramonte
19 months ago

I have been looking for this man for a month now. Was recommended by a friend. Great work!!

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Manish Batra
21 months ago

Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment. Thanks for sharing. KM 2500 Wheelchair Keep Posting:)

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Manish Batra
22 months ago

Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment. Thanks for sharing. km 2500 wheelchair Keep Posting:)

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