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Grant Money To Help Seizures Disabled Man Buy Recumbent Trike

by Matt
(Tomahawk, WI, US)

I am a 30-year-old man that is in need of help with funding to purchase a recumbent trike.

I've been in and out of hospitals all my life.

It all started for me when I was 14 days old. One day as my mother was changing my diaper she saw blood in my diaper, eventually diagnosed as a kidney problem.

After a series of tests it was discovered that my kidneys had not fully developed while she was pregnant with me.

Needless to say, I could have died almost as soon as my life had begun. Thank goodness my mother was a suitable match to be a donor.

The doctors wanted to wait until I gained some weight to do the transplant. Before that could be done the doctors removed both my kidneys and connected my bladder to a bag.

So once I was healthy enough to do the transplant, which happened to be two weeks prior to my second birthday, the kidney transplant was done.

Everything went well and we healed up from that. Once I was school aged, tests showed I had a learning disorder and scar tissue on my brain, which causes short-term memory loss.

That scar tissue has also resulted in me having seizures. Due to having the seizures and short-term memory loss I am unable to drive a car, so my main mode of transportation is bicycle.

The bicycle has been a reliable mode until the recent start of having seizures again after 14 years being seizure-free.

Along with the seizures, the medication I take for the transplant has resulted in bone loss and a curve in my spine.

It's difficult to ride a traditional bicycle when having the seizures, so I need a recumbent trike.

I have a limited income due to being on disability, so it's hard to come up with the full amount ($1400) to buy a recumbent trike.

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