Hi my name is Nathaniel Ware and I am a 44 year old Paraplegic that 100% assistance with everything I do in my daily life. I'm paralyzed from the chest down. I've been bed and wheelchair bond for going on 14 years. I've been trying to save up enough so I could get myself some transportation. I Specifically need a Handicap Van with a Handicap accessible ramp on it so I can get in and out of it and so i could be able to get around. The hard part is the Transportation vehicle that I need has to be customized and come from a certain Special Handicap Transportation Service. Some alterations are needed as well but they're starting at about $30,000-$35,0000 and I truly can't afford the vehicle (Transportation) are any of the lterations that is required for me to use.
I currently have to use the RTA Lift (Public Transportation Bus Service) where I live because that is the only transportation that is available for me to use. I can't really complain about it because it's really and truly been a Blessing and Help to me. The only thing about using the services for people like me is that you are limited to how I can use the Transportation Service. Like only being able to use it in the Parish that i live in. That makes it a lot harder for me to get to the places that I need to be and get to.
90 percent of my Doctors Appointments i have are In another Parish and Transportation Servi are not allowed to bring me to them. So i have always had to miss out on a lot of things in my lif. Like places where i need to be and have to get to like my Doctors Appointments and different types of Specialist that I need as for dealing with my health conditions. Because the Doctors aren't in my Parish It has been a challenge to trying find the right kind of help like Doctors, Specialist, and Therapy in the Parish that I need to get to even trying to go back to school. Now we're fighting a Pandemic and the weather conditions has been a lot rougher and crazy lately. One day it's raining, cold, hot or it's Hurricanes, Floods, and/or Tornado but you never know when we would have to evacuate. Besides it's not really much in my Parish/City that came back and reopened sense Hurricane Katrina and Rita hit the City where I live as is.
I've had to stay home and several times and basically ride out all of the Hurricanes that have impacted the area of The City of New Orleans, and The State of Louisiana for the last few years because i don't are should i say have the means of transportation. I have even been left here by the State when they were supposed to come evacuate me for one of the Hurricanes when passed out and had to be rushed to the hospital from getting overheated and passed out. I just had sit on my potch/patio from Hurricane Laura threw Hurricane Zeta. My City and State broke a all time record in 2020 with Hurricanes and that was some of the most scariest situations and conditions that i have ever had to face and live threw. i Thank God Everyday For Keeping Me Safe and Protected but I see that we are about to have another early Hurricane Season starting at the beginning of May this year and I'm Praying that I can have a way to get out of here it i had to evacuate.
I also have of Medical Equipment that runs on electricity that I have to take with me if and when I have to evacuate or happen to have a lose of power and it's starting to seem like its starting to become a regular thing. Whenever we have any kind of bad weather and most of the times i really needed to be evacuated but i couldn't get any help from my City and Stated that called me and said they were on the way to come and get me so I could be evacuated and they never showed up to get me. Even for Hurricane Zeta, Laura, and all of the other Hurricanes. The New Orleans Lakefront is about nine streets behind me and i have to make sure it doesn't flood because I would literally be stranded and had/have to really fend for myself. I have also lost and missed out on so much time and so many Special Moments with my children and Grandchildren's lives that I have been invited to attend like school events, birthday parties, and graduations. Things and times that I can't make back up.
It has really gotten just doing simple everyday life things like just going to the store to buy groceries, household supplies, and personal hygiene products. It's a big challenge as well because using The Lift Bus they give you limitations, rules,, and guidelines that you have to abide by so you won't lose your transportation benefits. You are only allowed to get two bags of groceries at a time when using the Lift Bus.
I'm a very private person and if you knew me or anyone who knows me would tell you that I'm really not the type of person to really come out and ask anyone for any kind of help. I'm just at a point and time in my life where I'm paralyzed and can't work so I can't get everything i need myself. Now have no choice but to put my pride to the side and actually ask someone for help because I see that I can't do it on my own. I really need help more now than ever because of the time that we are living in and due to the CORVIC-19 Coronavirus Pandemic.
Things have gotten even harder to do anything and get around safely because now it's a limitations of how many people that will be allowed to travel on the public transportation for safety purposes. And do to my injury I was told that I need to get myself a Service/Companion Dog to help me to do things because I'm not just paralyzedi need 100% assistance with any and everything that I have and need to do in my everyday life and for my protection as well. i even need a Special Kind of Medical Bed that can turn me from side to side because I can't turn on my own and I need help to just do that and also so I can trying help to prevent me from getting any more skin breakdowns like the ones I have been fighting with for over eleven plus years now. Those beds are very expensive as well. I think that the for the right bed starts at $10,000-$15,000 and up.
Its just that Medical Equipment is so expensive that I can't afford to buy most of these things thst I really need to help better myself and my life but due to my health condition it's not much that I could do on my own. This is why My Charity is being set up for help to trying get all of the things that I really and truly need and have to have to help myself. I'm Praying and Asking PLEASE for any kind of help and support to help me get these things that I can't get because my insurance won't help me to get anything at all. Not even the right kind of Medical Equipment like the right kind of Medical Bed that I need, Transportation, and a Service/Companion Dog.
Even though i have all the paperwork and documentations that is/was required from my Doctors i still can't get any kind of help or assistance from and threw my insurance. So I have been looking for local churches, charities, and Non-Profit Organization Groups for the help that I need but I haven't found anyone to help me yet. This is my Cause and why I'm starting My GoFund Me Page. I would truly appreciate it if i can get any kind of help, support or assistance that is given to me. So God Bless You All And I Hope and Pray That Everyone Please Continue To Be Safe And Stay Protected Out Here.
Sincerely Yours, Nathaniel Ware