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Dad With Multiple Sclerosis And Disabled Mom Need Wheelchair Van Grant

by Thomas McGrath
(Quincy, MA, USA)

I am a married 36-year-old male with a 16-year-old daughter.

I was a volunteer emergency responder for 18 years and a volunteer police officer for three years.

I was also an Incident Command and Community Emergency Response Team volunteer instructor for six years and a cross-country truck driver for two years.

Now I can’t do any of it.

Disability Issues

I was diagnosed with moderate to severe multiple sclerosis three years ago.

Now I can’t do any of the jobs I used to do. Right now I cannot do the hands-on things I did before.

I am in a wheelchair and I have to get an infusion of medication every three weeks to try to slow down the process of MS.

On top of this, my wife is a disabled veteran, so we are each in a wheelchair.

Financial Hardship

We don't have a vehicle to drive.

We live at the end of a peninsula and it is over a mile to public transportation.

We are collecting Social Security and cannot afford a vehicle. In fact, most of the time we are stuck at home.

The closest store to us is not handicap accessible, so we have to leave the peninsula to go and get the things we need.

We cannot use a taxi because the companies around us do not have a handicap accessible taxi for us to call for.

Income Efforts

Right now we both receive SSI and my wife also receives disability from the government.

I am trying to find a means for more income, but have not had any luck. We both primarily have done manual labor in the past and neither one of us can do it now.

Specific Needs

We are barely surviving. I am asking for grants to be able to take care of the problems we are facing and to make things easier for us.

We both have a hard time transferring from our chairs and doing the things we need to do.

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