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Tony Needs A New Set Of Wheels

$10,328 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 130 people in 7 months
Created May 20, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Denice Pekel
Tony Carpenter is a young man with Cerebral Palsy and a seizure disorder who uses specialized wheelchairs (a Quickie Iris and Permobil m300) for everything in his daily living. He needs customized seating for both due to his scoliosis and the full spinal fusion surgery he had to correct it.

The power wheelchair gives him independence because he can drive it using specially designed head controls, and keeps him at the perfect angle to avoid aspirating his food and getting pneumonia because of his dysphagia. But due to the effort it takes Tony to drive it, which tires him easily, and the fact that some places are not completely accessible to him when he is in this extremely heavy chair, he can’t use this one all the time. He then needs his manual chair.

Tony's current manual wheelchair breaks down, and his dad does everything he can to repair it, but it truly needs replaced. Insurance won't cover the manual chair, because the power chair is considered his primary chair by his insurance, and insurance won’t maintain more than one chair. This leaves the family to try to figure out how to pay for an essential $12,000 medical device. They are hard-working, genuine, good people, and right now they need the community to come together to help them give Tony a new wheelchair.

If you have ever seen Tony smile, I am sure you will want to help as much as I do. Tony is the best human being you could ever ask to meet, and he deserves to have this medically necessary wheelchair which will improve his quality of life and his health, and will give his family the peace of mind they deserve.

Any amount is appreciated. Let's get this done.
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With your help we have started the process! You helped to get us enough to order the base chair. We started our first fitting session today! Thank you is not enough, but please know, our gratitude is beyond words!
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We have good news! MFB called. The base chair is in! We have scheduled our OrthoSeat appointment for the first fitting for August 2nd! The last and final appointment, from which we'll be able to bring home the chair, will be August 9. This wouldn't have happened this soon without all of you. I will never have the words to express the gratitude we feel and the pure joy you have given Tony. Please know, you have touched us very deeply. We will never forget the love, hope, and happiness that you have given us. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!

Tony has helped me design his own signature on an ink pad, as well as a Thank you card to send each of you. We'd love to mail out these cards if you wouldn't mind making sure we have your correct address!

Thank you all, friends and family, for this wonderful gift! I'll be sure to tape his reaction to his new chair so you understand just how much you've touched my baby!
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This has been truly amazing to see the love, prayers and support of so many. We are almost there! I would never have imagined this possible. And now I see it with my own eyes, and feel it with my own heart. We have some outside donations that put us at nearly $10,700! We simply cannot thank you all enough. I need to videotape Tony's reaction on the days I read to him the total and all the wonderful words of encouragement and hope! You are all the best!
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This is very exciting. Because of all of you, your kindness, support and extreme generosity, I was able to put the first payment down on initiating the order of his new wheelchair! He was smiling from ear to ear, and I couldn't hold back the tears! Of joy, naturally! Once the base chair comes in, then we'll schedule the customization appointment with Mary Free Bed Orthoseat! Here we go! Team Tony! We cannot thank you all enough. You have made such a huge difference for us. Forever grateful!!
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$10,328 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 130 people in 7 months
Created May 20, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Denice Pekel
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