Accident Disabled Former Landscaper Seeks Spinal Cord Injury Grant Benefits
(West Caldwell, NJ, USA)
I am a single, accident-disabled, 49-year-old male with no children. I'm looking for grants or benefits for spinal cord injured people.
My family consists of six brothers and sisters. I'm engaged to an Art teacher.
I owned and operated a landscaping business for over 25 years.
On the evening of July 7, 2011 I had an accident. I was returning to bed in the dark, after using the facilities.
I caught my foot on the corner of the bed frame and flipped over. I landed on my neck and head, suffering an injury from C3-C6.
After an emergency laminectomy, I was in ICU at Morristown Memorial Hospital until September.
I am now a tetraplegic with limited arm and hand use, and confined to a wheelchair.
I was released from Morristown to Kessler Institute in West Orange, where I am currently undergoing rehabilitation. I will be released from here by late November.
I have NJ Medicaid assistance.
I cannot work.
My fiancée is trying to buy a house, as the rented one we lived in would not "work" for a wheelchair confined person.
The necessary home conversions are going to be a financial strain that I cannot even fathom right now.
My current vehicle is a truck that I cannot access and that my fiancée is using for work.
She is struggling to cover both my bills and hers.
I have applied for SSI and SSDI. I have not heard yet as to whether I will qualify.
My family and friends are putting together a benefit to hopefully raise money for help with my expenses.
I am looking for grants that are available for persons disabled with spinal cord injuries.
I do not have a business idea as of yet. I have been a landscaper since I was 16. I have no other training.
I only know that my career as a landscaper is over.
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