The FR Mobility Foundation, Inc. mission is to raise funds to provide wheelchair dependent individuals with assistance & education toward the acquisition of a wheelchair accessible vehicle or other related products. This will facilitate a broader independent lifestyle through increased mobility. This Foundation limits the amount of grants to $5000.
However, this unique case if different and we are conducting a restricted campaign specifically to raise money for a special woman, Anita, who is a former Emergency Medical Technician but now confined to a wheelchair. Anita is in need of a special type of 4-wheel drive wheelchair accessible vehicle that costs over $50,000 (see example pictured). At age 38 in 2003, she was diagnosed with a rare hereditary disease called Porphyria. It took four years for the doctors to make this diagnosis. A regular handicap vehicle does not operate in snow or mud that is typical in Rural Montana. The ramp on her current van cannot unfold safely on graveled pavement or uneven terrain. This leaves Anita stuck in her home most of the time unless a neighbor can take her out.
Anita explains, "when I first got sick, it did nerve damage which affected my balance at first as well. it progressed to affecting my muscles and the ability to understand where my legs were if I tried to stand. After diagnosis my mother and I learned of all the "triggers" that would cause what are called acute attacks of this disease.... environmental, foods, medications, certain colors, etc. We spent 2 years looking for a "safe" environment coordinating with the Drs I had then. That is why I now live in a rural and rugged region of Montana." It is an region where no ordinarily mobility vehicle can accommodate her safely and effectively thereby limiting the ability to lead an independent lifestyle. Sadly, Anita's mother passed away in 2013 leaving her a lone with her two dogs and to take care of herself.
"Living so rural in Montana (see photos)requires a 4x4 vehicle most of the year. It is 50 miles each way to grocery store, clinic, and 75 miles if I have to go to nearest city. It is very difficult to find someone willing to get and bring groceries all winter. There is no public transportation here. Without the proper type of handicap vehicle, I am housebound much of the year," Anita added.
Before the onset of symptoms of this disease, Anita was an Emergency Medical Technician and had also been a caregiver for several years before that. Being an EMT was a passion and something she had hoped on continuing as a career. She is an avid hobbyist nature photographer and has a passion for being outdoors, so being homebound so much of the year is very tough on her.
Depending on a very small disability monthly income, I cannot afford the type of transportation I need to be self sufficient or participate in life. There are no State disability funds available for this kind of purchase.
Please support Anita's five year effort to be able to purchase this vehicle.