Multiple Sclerosis Disabled Father Needs Grant For Wheelchair Accessible Van
(Two Rivers, Wisconsin, USA)
Christmas Together 2009
I'm a 21-year-old college student, writing this story on behalf of my multiple sclerosis disabled father who is 46.
My dad is a father of three children ages 20, 21 and 23 years old and has been happily married for more than 25 years.
My father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when I was 12 years old and our whole life changed.
He worked more than 40 hours a week at a dairy to support his family and has always been very involved in his children’s lives.
Unfortunately, he has been losing his fight to this horrific disease. He is no longer able to see, walk or even sit up.
My dad has not been able to take care of himself for almost five years, but lucky for us, he is still mentally with us. He enjoys telling jokes and listening to the radio.
When my father was no longer able to care for himself, my mother stepped up. She had to quit her job as a daycare teacher to give my dad the 24-hour care that he needs.
My dad is an amazing father who had to miss my brother’s high-school graduation because there was no safe way for us to get him there. He was devastated.
The Medi-Vans in our area will only provide transportation to doctor appointments and we do not have a wheelchair accessible vehicle to use.
My family has been saving up for a van for years, but to no avail because of one thing after another. We never seem to have enough.
I graduate with my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education in May and he wants nothing more than to go, but it looks like he will be forced to miss another milestone in his child’s life.
A van might sound like something small, but to him it would be life changing. Going to his children’s graduations, school events, or just to go somewhere that isn’t in walking distance would make his world so much better.
Please help me help my family.