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Monday, May 11, 2009

Day 20: LoA 30 Day Challenge: Blog about someone who needs support.


This is the main downtown intersection on Michigan Ave in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Pat has to cross this intersection in her borrowed, raggedy wheelchair backwards. She has to use her feet to push her entire body in the chair as she has multiple sclerosis. She has lived with this disease since she was 18 years old, she turned 70 a few weeks ago. She has no family in town, and spends most of her time in her one bedroom apartment cleaning, playing her keyboard, and planting flowers.

She is a delightful, happy lady in spite of her set backs. She was engaged three times during her life, but when her disease came back, her fiance's broke off the engagement.

She does not qualify for a mobility scooter because Medicare says she can get around fine inside the low income senior living facility in a wheelchair.
I have no idea how she does this day in and day out. I have helped her around downtown pushing her in this wheelchair to the bank, the grocery store, and the local Coney Island. It was really hard for me to do, especially while holding grocery's and having to lift the wheels up over the cracks in the side walk.

A local newspaper photographer, Chris Asadian contacted me, wanting to do a story on Pat. He is an excellent photographer, he snapped this shot of me and my daughter at Pat's during her interview.



Photograph by: Chris Asadian
Visit him here.
Pat was so excited to have company, she baked a cake and wore an evening gown for the interview. The reporters asked if they could follow her on a regular day in the life of Pat wearing average clothes, as they wanted pictures to capture her reality.

Pat got hesitant about this, as she has lived at this facility for 8 years and has stories about the management harassing the residents. She did not want management to see her with photographers and the news around the facility in fear of getting kicked out of her home. So the story did not happen.

Day 20: Share someones story with the world!
Do you have a story about someone needing support? Include it in your LoA 30 day challenge by blogging about it.


If anyone can help to get her safe transportation, or help to donate money for a mobility scooter I so appreciate it. To help in any way please Email me here: tanya@surpriseitsme.com

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer in some way, here are other ways you could help support Pat:

  • light weekly cleaning
  • help cook up a recipe she would like at her place and have dinner with her
  • follow along with her to the grocery store on the local bus and reach for the items she needs placed on high shelves that she otherwise could not get
  • assist with weekly laundry
Please leave your comments here and let us know your personal blog url about someone you know who could use some support!

6 comments:

Karen said...

Oh my. This is a time when someone could really help another person. I wish I lived closer.

corrin said...

The broken engagements break my heart, but she's probably better off without them. Who would leave someone they love because of illness?

Diane Scott said...

Check with the ALS of Michigan office. I believe they, too, are independent from the ALSA organization (I may be wrong) AND I realize we are talking MS here (my sister has it), but you might find out that they have scooters to spare. Here in Nevada, the www.alsofnevada.org often get donations from families after the victim of ALS has passed away or is unable to move anywhere anymore. So do check, you just might have that scooter by tomorrow... for free!

Also I just put in free mobility scooter into Google. Try contacting http://www.scootaround.com/cvf/. This website states:

"The Clarence William Vincent Foundation (CVF) exists to improve the quality of life for those with limited mobility, by providing the necessary equipment to travel from one place to another. It accomplishes this by providing electric conveyance vehicles (mobility scooters) to qualified individuals who require their use for daily living and who are not otherwise able to purchase such a vehicle."

Hope this helps!!

Anonymous said...

THIS STORY OF THIS POOR WOMAN JUST SADDENS ME. I MYSELF AT AGE 31 WAS RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH MS AND WANT TO HELP HER IN SOME WAY, EVEN IF ITS JUST HAVING DINNER WITH HER OR TAKING MY KIDS THERE TO PLAY A GAME OR DO A PUZZLE WITH HER. I DO NOT HAVE ALOT MONEY BUT I DO HAVE SOME TIME TO SPARE SO IF YOU COULD LET ME KNOW HOW TO HELP, PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHO TO GET IN CONTACT WITH.
THANK YOU

Tanya said...

To anonymous:

Thank you for your comment, I am sorry about your diagnosis. Please email me at:

thechickchannel@yahoo.com

Donna said...

God Bless Her..amazing and I do the same for my husband who is disabled.

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