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As most of you know, in 2004 I was brutally assaulted and stabbed. Puncture wounds severed my spinal cord in my neck and lung, leaving me paralyzed from the neck down on the left side and causing a brain injury. I am now able to walk very short distances but must use a power wheelchair to go further and I need it to help me get to a standing position so that I can walk. While I was doing volunteer work for the American Red Cross, my wheelchair accessible vehicle was stolen. I need your help to raise funds so that I can purchase a vehicle which will accommodate my wheelchair.

Prior to my accident, I was working as a nurse in Anchorage, Alaska. I was always on the go, traveling and exploring the world, doing portrait photography, running marathons, ballroom dancing, and attending spiritual retreats. I was involved in many areas of community service, most notably volunteering as an RN for one month at 9/11 in NYC with the American Red Cross.

Updates (3)

August 31, 2017

Deborah Lyn Thompson is delighted to announce that her fund drive is now complete. We have raised the full amount. Deborah writes to everyone as follows:

“AMAZING NEWS: in one week we superseded our goal in the fundraiser to raise the remaining money for the purchase of a vehicle to be converted into a wheelchair accessible car.
We did it! Yeehaw! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Vocational rehab is advising as to what type of vehicle to buy for the conversion.
Very exciting! We’ve reached our goal. Soon, I will be fully independent and can haul my power wheelchair where ever I want and whenever I want. Thank you so much for all of your support and care to make this happen. Yippee!
You caused wonderful things.”

August 28, 2017

Great news: with your help, we have raised more than 80% of the $18,000 we need to get a vehicle for Deborah! Please check out her new thank-you video, below!

Deborah needs our help to purchase a vehicle that can be modified by Vocational Rehab so that it is accessible. This modified vehicle will be a huge improvement to her independence and quality of life. She cannot do it alone! Make a donation right now using the Donate button on this page. Thank you!


August 29, 2017

Deborah is one of the finest and most courageous people I've ever had the honor of knowing.

Greg Mead

December 20, 2016

Deborah is a one of a kind person with the most amazing attitude! She has an incredible spirit and is a joy to be around. Best wishes Deborah!

Tom and Nancy Germano

December 7, 2016

I have known Deborah for a year now and I have never met a brighter spirit. She has a great deal of difficulty walking and doing a lot of things that we lucky uninjured people don't have to think twice about but she never complains and it is amazing what she gets done. I can't wait to see what she will do when she gets her van and can use her chair again.I am proud to be a part of this fund raising campaign. Go Deborah!

Cathy Parlapiano

November 29, 2016

I have known Deborah for a number of years now, through her volunteering with The American Red Cross. I am happy to say that my relatives that live in NY are appreciative of her spirit of helping others and five of them have opened their wallets as well as myself making six families that have also opened their hearts to her plight. I will continue to pray for the success of this effort and hopefully Deborah will have a new vehicle to drive. Mike Moran Niceville, Florida

Mike Moran