Disability Grants For Stroke Disabled Rachid To Get Needed Treatment In Florida
by Rachid Dwyer
(East Hartford, Connecticut, USA)
Hello, my name is Rachid Dwyer. I am a 17-year-old male. I was born in Hartford, Connecticut.
Before and after the stroke and the brain surgery
I have four brothers (two in active duty) and one sister. I live with both my parents and am a freshman at the University of Connecticut.Disability Issues
When I was 15, I had a stroke due to a ruptured AVM, which led to two craniotomies and one brain surgery and resulted in left side paralysis, as well as peripheral vision loss.
I am progressing little by little as this time last year I was in a wheelchair but now have transitioned to using a caneFinancial Hardship
Being paralyzed, there are not many jobs out there that I can handle, so money has been very hard to come by.
I have reached a point in my life where I don't like to depend on my parents for money.Income Efforts
In order to gain sustainable income, I've tried applying for jobs I thought I'd be able to handle.
I've tried fundraising, and I've tried selling items, all of which have had a pretty poor outcome.Specific Needs
There is a new treatment for the stroke in Boca Raton, Florida. It consists of therapy along with injections of a medicine called perispinal etanercept which, when it reaches the brain leads to rapid motor and cognitive improvement.
This could drastically change my life but unfortunately, the treatment is out-of-pocket and ranges anywhere between $5,000-$10,000.
I am hoping that I will be able to satisfy that funding need in the form of grant money.