Grant Money For MS Disabled Detective To Continue Fingerprinting Consultancy
by Roland Semprie
(Thornhill, Ontario, Canada)
My name is Roland Semprie. I am a 67-year-old retired police detective. I have been married to my wife, Vena, for over 44 years.
Together, we have four adult children, three sons and one daughter.
I was a police officer and served with Toronto Police Service for 27-1/2 years. In 1996, I retired holding the rank of Detective.
In my early 20s I noticed significant discomfort in my knees when I was riding my bike, walking at a fast pace, travelling on the subway and climbing up and down the stairs.
As the discomfort became more pronounced, I made regular visits to my family doctor and discussed the pain I was experiencing.
The doctor repeatedly told me it was just due to old sports injuries and left it at that.
One summer, 21 years ago, I was closing off the backyard pool and I slipped and fell on my knees. The pain was so intense that I literally wept like a child.
The next day I sought medical attention through Humber Memorial Hospital.
I was referred to a neurologist at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, where an MRI was carried out and later provided a diagnosis of Chronic Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.
Over the last five years there has been a noticeable shortage of money.
My wife and I are both seniors and have been trying to make our home disability friendly.
Needless to say this is the most tumultuous and stressful time of our lives.
These overwhelming financial hardships, in part due to the rehabilitation of the house, have left us completely out of pocket.
Basic essentials, such as window coverings have not been met but rather substituted by using craft paper.
On the direction of my neurologist, I modified my 1992 station wagon to operate by using hand controls that accommodate my progressive state.
My neurologist recently recommended a medication that costs $600 per month. This will place additional financial hardships upon us.
In addition, my neurologist also recommended that I start using a walker as my condition worsens.
I operate a small business, National Pardons Agency, as a Consultant. However, my main income stream came from traditional fingerprinting, which rolled the thumb and fingers on ink to make paper impressions.
A few years ago, digital fingerprinting was introduced and my income stream shrank tremendously due to the introduction of the digital technology. Now, digital technology has become the industry standard.
I am seeking grants and disability benefits.
I want to be able to relieve the financial stress on both my wife and myself.
I want to be able to live in a more relaxed state without having to constantly worry about money and my ability to provide a simple, yet comfortable lifestyle for my wife and myself.
I would like to continue working as a consultant; however, I would need to purchase the digital fingerprinting machine to be able to compete with my competitors.
I am also looking to relocate my office, as I no longer have an accessible parking spot to accommodate my mobility issues.
Being able to help people from all walks of life in their need for service brings a sense of satisfaction to me. It also brings relief to the people seeking my help.
To be able to continue working provides a form of therapy and gives me a reason to want to get out of bed on mornings.