Charlie's New Ride
Hi there! I'm Sarah, Charlie's mom.
A LITTLE ABOUT CHARLIE:
Charlie Greenman was born on August 4, 2010. It was soon discovered that he had suffered two strokes in utero. He has since been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy - all complications due to stroke.
When Charlie came into the world, doctors told us that Charlie would probably never walk or talk. As of this summer, Charlie is doing both and showing no signs of slowing down. This is due, in part, to the excellent physical and occupation therapy Charlie receives.
However, a new conundrum has come up for our family. Charlie's efforts to be mobile require all sorts of assistive equipment. We need space for both his wheelchair and his gait-trainer when we travel.
Also, Charlie has just hit 50 pounds and is in the 90th percentile for height. My husband, Jack and I carry him everywhere, lifting him in and out of wheelchairs, gait-trainer, grocery carts, chairs and cribs. But the most difficult transfers take place when we need to get Charlie through the car door and into his car seat.
A handicapped accessible van for Charlie! We have just purchased a used Toyota Sienna from a neighborhood family. There is plenty of room for his equipment, but the best part is that it's already adapted for handicapped accessibilty. A new, fully adapted van, would have cost in excess of $60,000. We feel very fortunate to have found a used one in great condition for $26,000.
But now we're in a bind - one which so many families of special needs children find themselves. We simply do not have the financial resources to pay for both Charlie's life changing therapies and also cover the necessary cost of his handicapped accessible van.
We're hoping to raise $26,000 for Charlie's new ride. Every dollar we receive goes directly towards paying down our car loan and allows us to continue our monthly payments towards Charlie's therapy treatments.
Donate using the button on the sidebar and/or share our story on social media to help us spread the word.
THANK YOU to everyone for your past, present and ongoing support of our son, Charlie! Our family could not do it without you.
And a special thank you to Kenna's Kids for their amazing support for Charlie over the past three years.
For more information about Charlie, please visit his website: www.HelpCharlieHeal.com .
Additionally, you can contact Sarah (Charlie's Mom) via her website: www.sarahgreenman.com or find her blogging at www.maisonboheme.com.
Today, Charlie met with his neurologist, who was thrilled to hear about Charlie's latest breakthrough - using a walker without a pelvic harness! Charlie's neurologist was also happy to hear that we've upgraded Charlie's mode of transportation to include the van. It has been invaluable to our family. The more mobility Charlie has, the more independent he'll be! We're still in the process of raising money and it means so much to us when you share our story on social media. Thank you!
Thank you for supporting our beautiful boy by assisting our family with the acquisition of this amazing van. With gratitude - The Greenmans
We also wanted to let you know that tomorrow night, at Dallas Children's Theater, a non-profit dedicated to assisting artists with medical challenges called Gideon's Feet, is hosting a charity event for Charlie. Please visit their Facebook page and RSVP if you're in the area! We'd love to see you there.
Thank you, Gideon's Feet!
To say we're overwhelmed by the immediate response from our extended village is an understatement. Our hearts are filled with gratitude and awe. Your generosity is beyond measure.
In just 3 days, you've raised $4,300 towards Charlie's handicapped accessible van! Even if we don't raise another dollar, you've covered our payments for the next 7 months.
When it comes to financial obligations, special needs parents can sometimes feel like they're in a cage. Your swift response to our crowd funding campaign is like receiving the keys to our cage.
Thank you so much for your love and support. Please continue to share our story on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere. Our ability to fund this vehicle depends on our collective networks.
Yours in deep gratitude,