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Help David Get a Handicap Accessible Van!

David Talkington of Newark, Ohio was diagnosed with Hypophosphatasia (HPP) as an infant. This rare metabolic bone disease causes patients to break bones easily and can impact their quality of life. David could work a regular job until 2008 until he broke two femurs within 6 months of each other due to HPP. The Doctors informed him he should be on disability due to slow healing fractures caused by HPP. David was approved for Social Security-Disability, is now in a power wheelchair outside the home but has had wonderful progress with treatment and physical therapy and can now walk around inside the house with assistive devices as well as using his power chair depending upon what he needs that day. He is currently getting evaluated to see if more physical therapy can be ordered since he has made more progress than we ever dreamed! While this is encouraging for longer distances he will still need the wheelchair and therefore the handicapped van is still desperately needed for him to get around. He is looking forward to more independence to drive to doctor’s appointments, therapy sessions and community events by purchasing a modified van. This brings a great hope for the future and confidence that he will gain a better quality of life.

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October 21, 2019

We purchased a VAN in April 2019!!!!!
Finally we were able to find and purchase a handicap van! It’’s a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country Limited handicap van. It has the side ramp and drivers seat like we needed. We and our friends, family, and a sales person literally have looked all over the US for this van and we finally found it in Ohio. It also has many features on the van that were important to us like a back up camera for Dave since he has limited mobility in his neck. We picked it up and have been in awe ever since. Dave and I often say we are living the dream as many things we thought would never happen are happening in our lives. Well this is one of them.
We want to thank our Good Good Father God, our family, friends, spiritual family, Worthwhile Life Foundation, and anonymous. We are overwhelmed with your generosity and feel the love! Thank you, thank you, thank you for making a huge positive impact in our lives!
If you wish to give to Dave’s Help Hope Live campaign to help with unpaid medical bills, medical expenses such a power for his manual wheelchair that we are looking into, van repairs, things to help with Dave’s life. Contact me if you have questions. [email protected] Many thanks again to all who gave, shared, liked, and commented. We can’t thank you enough! <3

November 12, 2018

So we were recently honored to be speaking at Stand with HPP Pittsburgh and Dave’s sister and brother in law joined us for the meeting. They arrived early for lunch and Dave decided to show them a few new things he could do since starting treatment and a lot of physical therapy over 2 and 1/2 years. So he got up and began to walk around with his cane and they were so surprised his sister asked if she could take a video. Well she did and during the video Dave began to exceed her expectations and you can hear the tears of pure joy in the background. Lots of hard work in pt, treatment that took tons of things coming together to create, manufacture, bring to market and eventually Dave to take, lots of faith and courage on his and our part to walk out this journey, as well as friends family and an hpp community cheering us on and praying for us one step at a time. So this is a bit of the story behind the video. Dave has worked so hard and has new walking stills but for longer distances he will still need his power chair as this is a treatment and not a cure. We need the van by winter. So if you would like to help us please give to Davids Help Hope Live. It’s tax deductible and they also participate in employee matched gifts. Please share with your friends who may be looking for end of the year tax deductions. Thank you all for your love and support! We feel it! <3

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November 30, 2018

Hoping that van will soon be there!

Ed Loewen

November 27, 2018

We love you Dave! I can't wait to see you in your new van.

Kenton Brown

November 17, 2018

In honor of David D Talkington

Kevin & Tami Holman Kevin & Tami Holman

February 12, 2018

Love you Dave!