I have been given a van. It isn't adapted for me to drive, and because of it's age and mileage, it wasn't able to be adapted. HOWEVER, it has a ramp and tie downs for my power chair, so others can drive me and I can use my chair at any location. The ability to take my power chair opens up so many things. A friend and I can now go places without her husband, because I will be in my power chair and we won't need her husband to get the manual chair in and out of the house or their car. I can be dropped off at places like the grocery store or a medical appointment, and go in by myself. Family trip to the zoo? I don't need to have my nieces push me everywhere. No more looking at walls or corners, because the person pushing the manual chair stopped to talk to someone.
The van is a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country Ltd. It has just over 85,000 miles on it. The passenger seat can be removed, and there are tie downs for my chair, and a seat belt system for me, in the passenger seat area. I will actually be able to see where I am going, lol.
It is being given to me by an Australian thalidomide survivor , who I met at the Atlanta gathering. He lives in Seattle and until recently (he just retired) worked for a company that does van conversions for the disabled. The van was a trade in made by another customer, and when this gentleman saw it, thought of my situation. My youngest brother, his wife and their youngest 2 children, flew out to Seattle this morning. They now, as of this posting, have gotten the van. They will be making a vacation out of the trip from Seattle to Cincinnati, stopping to see some of the sights along the way (I heard Mt Rainier, Yellowstone, Mt Rushmore are most likely stops, but not sure what else.), so I won't actually see the van until next Sunday.
The guy giving me the van, doesn't plan to stop. He is still invested in getting funds raised and/or items/parts donated, to get a van adapted, so I can drive again. In the meantime, this is going to give me back some independence.
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