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New Wheelchair Accessible Van For Melissa

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Melissa is a 45 year old wife and mother. Due to an automobile accident in 1983, she is also a paraplegic. Despite her disability she has gone on to lead a very fulfilling and productive life. Melissa was 17 when she was injured. After her accident, she went to Lakeshore Vocational Rehab, where she learned to adapt to her new wheels. She soon became employed. She picked up and moved to Birmingham, Alabama. She took a taxi to and from work. Months later, she had saved enough money to purchase a car with hand controls. Since her injury she has married and had a daughter, who is now 13 years old. When Melissa found out she was pregnant, she had also began to have chronic pain in her upper body. This was brought on by the loading and unloading of her chair and from years of pushing her wheelchair. It was highly recommended that to prevent further damage, that she begin to use a power chair. Going to a power chair, also meant that she would need a van equipped with a lift. Not only did this help prevent further damage to her upper body, it also allowed Melissa to transport her baby independently. She was able to load Carly into the car seat safely and get her to the doctor and other places. Melissa's van is now almost 14 years old and it has over 195,000 miles on it. This van will not go on much longer. It is constantly in for repairs and most recently the repairs that are needed haven't been possible, due to the age of the lift. The part that is needed is no longer available and the only hope is that the part can be found on an older lift somewhere. So, that is where YOU come in!!! We need donations to help keep this woman on the road!!! Melissa, is such an asset to the community. She was Ms. Wheelchair Alabama in 1994. She spent the year educating the community about the needs of the disabled. During her reign as Ms. Wheelchair, she became the head spokesperson for the UAB Think First Program. This is a head and spinal cord injury prevention program. For 4 years, she traveled to schools throughout the state of Alabama talking to kids about ways spinal cord and head injuries occur, and ways, they can be prevented. Sadly, this program ended in 1998. Melissa, is an active member of the "Roll Model" program at Spain Rehabilitation Center. When needed, she visits patients before they are discharged home, so that they can talk to someone who has faced what they are facing. Since Melissa and I have been friends, she has not only been a good friend, but an incredible inspiration to me and to others who know her. She has faced adversity with a smile on her face. Seeing her struggle just because the type of transportation she needs is so expensive, breaks my heart. So, I ask that you, help us, by donating to this wonderful cause. There is no amount to little and no amount to large. Thank You!! Tresa Love



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