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Disabled Former Mechanic Seeks Grant Money For Son And Grandchildren

by Francisco Chavez
(La Mesa, CA, USA)

I am a 51-year-old mechanic whose love for cars and hotrods came to a screeching halt in 1996.

I was diagnosed with a debilitating spinal disease called ankylosing spondylitis. It's a genetic disorder that causes the spine and neck bones to fuse together.

As of now I have zero movement in my back and neck. So when I do try to do something, anything, it causes constant severe pain and cramping.

So it's very hard for me to do most things. Just getting up from a prone or sitting position is extremely painful.

I take painkillers and muscle relaxers, so I am no longer allowed to drive. Most of my independence is gone. And I am now taking medication for depression.

The only thing I have going for me is my wonderful wife of 22 years. She is the best thing that has ever happened to me.

You could not find a more caring and loving person in the world. She would gladly give up her last dollar if she knew it would help someone.

That's why it's so hard for me to see her working her butt off so that I am comfortable.

I do get disability insurance but my wife still has to work fulltime so we can make ends meet. She never complains or says anything but I can tell it's getting to her.

And it's not fair for her to have to work so hard and then come home to help me. I would like to take her on a vacation so she can relax for a while and not have to worry about things.

To add to the burden, our son and his wife and two kids moved in with us about a year ago after he lost his job.

He could no longer make rent payments on their apartment. He did find another part time job, but it's still a payday-to-payday situation.

I am looking for a grant that would help me pay for an electric wheelchair for mobility, an easy lift chair and bed, and transportation for doctor visits, therapy, etc.

I would also use the money to help my son and his family get their feet back on the ground, and help the grandkids with medical bills that are piling up.

It would make the whole situation a little easier to handle for everyone. Thanks for your consideration. Sincerely yours, Francisco Chavez.

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