Thank you for helping us get the van! Please see our latest update for new needs. 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.
December 31, 2019
Well Dave and I are loving having our new to us van. We are using it for medical appointments, going to community events, as well as the store. It’s such a blessing and it rides so smooth for Dave. He talks about how much he appreciates it often! In the last year Dave has made some health choices that have shown up in weight loss and improved health! He has lost 110lbs and of course that has a positive impact in how he feels, functions, and looks. We are so thankful for these health improvements! He is able to increase his walking and that is great! We hope to be able to share our story of Dave having hpp some more this next year as we believe it helps to facilitate hope in others. One thing that would help Dave with that and his independence is a Max Mobility Smart Drive mx2 plus, push tracker band, and ap. It is a device that you put on your manual wheelchair to turn on power when you need it so he or I don’t have to push the wheelchair. That translates to when we are in airports and sometimes we can’t get someone to push him I would not have to push him and he would have more independence. This could also help with the ebb and flow of health on days he feels like pushing he can and on days he can’t he can turn on the power and stay independent. Currently we are being told insurance will not cover this item and it runs around $7000. Dave also has on his goals to get back up power for at least his medical items that are electric in case of power outage. Things like a refrigerator for his medication, his bed, his lift chair, power wheelchair, all need power to run and charge. We priced a Generac generator for part of the house a couple of years ago and it was estimated to be around $5200. Our goal of $17000 shows we already raised $10415 and that was already spent on the van purchase. We would choice one of these items once the money was raised and then go for the next item. Thank you for considering giving to help with these medical needs to improve Dave’s life and remember gifts here could be tax deductible since Help Hope Live is a non-profit. Please contact me, Sharon, if you have any questions. We believe the year 2020 holds great things for all of us! The Best is Yet to Come!
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, HelpHopeLive.org 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
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November 30, 2018
Hoping that van will soon be there!
November 27, 2018
We love you Dave! I can't wait to see you in your new van.
November 17, 2018
In honor of David D Talkington
Kevin & Tami Holman Kevin & Tami Holman
February 12, 2018
Love you Dave!