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Accident Disabled Quadriplegic Seeks Grant Help To Purchase Wheelchair Van

by Joe Cintron
(Norristown, PA, USA)

I'm a 47-year-old C4-C5 quadriplegic (paralyzed from the neck down).

I am writing this in the hope of receiving assistance in the form of a grant or gift to acquire a (much needed) wheelchair van.

Allow me to share with you a little about myself. In 1981 I was a 16 year young junior at Norristown High School, in Norristown, Pennsylvania. I had dreams of going to college, playing football and if lucky, making it to the NFL.

I thought my life was great until on one tragic night in December of 1981, at a friend's party, I fell out of a 2nd floor window, suffering a broken neck.

For the last 30 years I've been living at home being taken care of by my mother. My mother has been here doing everything for me from the very beginning.

She has literally made me her life. She washes me, feeds me, and exercises me. You name it, my (single parent) mother does it.

The way we currently travel is by car. We require help by a family member or friend and the two become my personal lift.

With the car not being wheelchair accessible, it really is a task lifting, bending and maneuvering my body in and out of the car.

Well, with 30 years gone by, we both are older and I'm much heavier. It is really becoming a burden on my 66-year-old mother to constantly lift me.

After all she has done for me, I would love to be able to tell her, "Mom, we have a brand new wheelchair van!!!"

If there are folks out there who have it in their power to help my mother and me, we both would really appreciate it. Thank you for reading this and for any help you can offer.

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Jul 19, 2012
Having many friends in this situation
by: Jeffrey Shelton

I think you really deserve it. Trust in the Lord and good things will happen. After reading your post and those of your friends and family, I really believe things will work out for you.

Jul 12, 2012
Joey... Joey... Joey!
by: Anthony Taverno

I have known Joey for over 30 years. I consider him one of my best friends. If there is anyone in this world that deserves this, it is him and his Mom. She is an inspiration to everyone. Everything they have both been through, they have done it together. Just stopping by their house will lift your spirits and put a huge smile on your face, no matter what. Please help in any way you can to allow Joey to have access outside of the home. The Internet/computer has given him amazing access in the home, but let's share him and his Mom with the world! Kristi, Maddie and I love you two!

Anthony, Kristi, and Maddie Taverno

Jun 24, 2012
Help Joey
by: Aunt Catherine

Joey has been a Quad since the age of sixteen. He had just passed his driving test earlier. He never got a chance to drive. The doctors said that he would be a vegetable, but thanks be to God he is much more then that. He talks, is not on a respirator and works a computer with his mouth every day all day. He is very smart. We go to him to fix our laptops. His mother cares for him 24/7. A van would be so very helpful to her. She could take him to places he's never been and be comfortable not worrying about lifting him, which she cannot do any more. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

Jun 24, 2012
Only a Mother and Child's Love
by: C.Doreen

Joey and his mom are two of a kind... Joey is indeed blessed to have a mom like PUD!!! She has really given up her life for the sake of giving her son a life like no other could or maybe would. Yes, Joey is right they are in need of transportation {wheelchair accessible}. One can see the "wear and tear" on his devoted and dedicated mom. I'm touched that Joey is now seeking help to make his mom's life a little easier. The lifting of Joey must be overwhelming and his mom still keeps trying to do the best for her child. I know there are grant writers and good people out there just looking for an opprtunity to help someone like Joey and his mom.

Be a blessing and watch how GOD works it out for you!!!

Thanks, C. Doreen

Jun 23, 2012
Trusting The Lord Will Provide
by: Maria Falco-Smith

If anyone deserves help it's Joe Cintron and his mom. They have become an inspiration to us all. There's not a day that goes by that Joe isn't smiling and thanking God for all of his blessings. During his journey where most of us would have given up, is where Joe draws his greatest strength. Joe has led an exemplary life maintaining an unwavering trust in our Lord. His natural capacity to love far exceeds the dimensions of his physical boundaries. He's a person with so much to offer if only he could move among men. Please let's make it happen for this exceptional man.

May God Bless You~
Maria Falco-Smith

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