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Grant To Help Accidented Quadriplegic Thomas Make Home Handicap Able

by Thomas Willey
(Lakeland, Florida, USA)

I am a 54-year-old man. I moved to Florida to live with my sister who is 60. We live in a single family home. I have been sick for a couple of years.

Doctors in Maine knew I had a sister in Florida and suggested I go to a warmer climate since I did not want to live in a nursing home.

Disability Issues

I was 17 years old when I had my accident that left me a quadriplegic. I am paralyzed from the nipples down.

I took care of myself up until the last six or seven years. I can no longer do that. I moved from Maine to Florida to live with my sister. She is also disabled with mental health issues. She cares for me best as she can.

Financial Hardship

I live on my father's survivor benefits and $17 a month food stamps. My rent is $450 plus half of the electric bill.

I take many medications but some that were covered in Maine are not in Florida. I had lots of trouble qualifying for any help.

I am not sure I can afford to pay for the medical bills I have right now.

My sister's home is not handicap accessible. I need a roll-in shower and doors widened and can't afford that.

Income Efforts

My sister and I have tried working with a bunch of agencies for help, all to no avail.

We have asked family and friends. No one could help.

We still have some one who works for the boys and girls club trying to find us help, but nothing so far.

Specific Needs

I would like to apply for a grant that would be enough to make our place handicap able. Family has already helped us with ramps.

I need the doors widened and a roll in shower. We have cement floors because my sister took all the carpet up so it would be easier on me.

She has been a godsend to me. Our dangerous problem is getting me into the shower without getting either of us getting hurt.

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May 06, 2014
by: Patrice A Pappas

Please read this story. It is true and heart-breaking that it is happening right here in America. My cousins NEED help, they have tried their best to fend for themselves but they CANNOT do what needs to be done and get the help they need. If someone could share what they NO LONGER need, like the wheelchair access shower or any of the needed everyday helpers to allow them BOTH to have a life that is LESS painful, maybe even a few smiles, it would make our hearts happy and IMPROVE the quality of their lives. PLEASE IF YOU CAN HELP, do so, I thank you MORE than you may EVER know. Americans helping Americans. It's what we NEED to do to make this help HAPPEN!! <3

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