First some background:
Meet my mom. This is one of my favorite pictures of the two of us. This was before she was in the electric wheelchair. I was 11 in this picture I think. This was one of the last family vacations we went on as well for various reasons. My mom has a T12-L1 spinal cord fracture. She was in a car accident on December 4th 1979 involving black ice and losing control of her Camero. This was 9 years, and 2 days before I would be born. The injuries left her paralyzed from the waist down. She found and married my dad after the accident, and tried to live a fairly normal life.
With the paralysis comes some complications with that though. Like going into a store the other day and she couldn't get to most of things in the store because the isles were not wide enough in areas to get her wheelchair through. Also, with her electrical wheelchair, be can't simply fold up her chair and put it in the backseat or trunk anymore. Currently my mom and dad have to tow a trailer behind the car to take my mom anywhere. She'll transfer herself into the front seat of the car, and then my dad will drive her chair into the trailer, secure it, lock the trailer and then head out. It's a process that requires my mom to have help getting to and from places.
|My family at my Honor Society Induction|
|My mom's "castle" as we like to call it|
|At my baptism|
Now, before anyone says "You are asking for a vehicle... you are greedy" Look here, For a new van, with no wear and tear, no use prior (which is the best option for something that would be used daily) Costs roughly $50,000 USD. I was only looking to raise PART of the down payment of $5000 USD in order to help out. This car is almost 3 times the price of a new vehicle on the market. This is before taxes. The government see this type of vehicle as a luxury, so there is an additional tax on it as well as all your base taxes. What I planned to get would help my mom regain her mobility, her freedom, and really her life.
I know a lot of people were upset with my purchase of the RBC holiday collection. I purchased that with birthday money from friends because it was something I really wanted. The additional money left over from that is going into a card to be given to my mom with other donations I did receive that she will get on Christmas. I am on a no buy expect for those items necessary for me to stay clean, clothed, and fed. She means the world to me, and I will do whatever it takes to help her.
|My mom and Dad. This was just 2 or 3 years before she switched to the Electric Wheelchair.|
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