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Please Help Me Regain My Independence by Modifying my Car and Assisting with my Disability Driving Classes

Hi, My name is Jennifer Powell, and I am a 40 year old wife, mother of two, and a registered nurse who was diagnosed with Cauda Equina Syndrome. On March 26, 2018, I underwent what was supposed to be a minimally invasive Lumbar fusion. Unfortunately, there was a complication during the surgery and I lost the ability to move my legs. After 8 weeks of intensive acute rehab, and months of outpatient therapy, I am able to walk short distances with the assistance of ankle braces and a walker or crutches. I use a wheelchair for longer distances, as I tire easily. I have not regained the ability to move my right ankle enough to be without the stiff AFO brace when I walk or to be able to move it fast enough to be able to drive. I have been having to rely on friends, family, and Uber to get places, which can be costly, as well as complicated to set up at times.

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October 5, 2020

I have successfully attended my first In Car Disability Driving course. I drove around a cemetery, back streets, and then back to Good Samaritan. The therapist said that she thinks 4 total In Car classes should be good. I then was given the list of Mobility Equipment Vendors in the area (www.nmeda.org). After calling the two closest vendors (one in Baltimore, and one in Glen Rock, PA), I have been told that it will be approximately $1800 to install the hand controls. I”m a little discouraged because I didn’t think it would that much. Please continue to post the fundraiser, order masks from SilvRWrap, and donate.

September 3, 2020

Due to our awesome efforts here and on the Facebook fundraiser, I have scheduled my first driving class. The first class will be more about reaction time and mental capabilities than actual driving, but I’m happy to be started on this journey. And it wouldn’t be possible without all of your help.

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