Family and friends of Michael Mathews are raising money for the nonprofit Help Hope Live to fund uninsured medical equipment to make his life as handicapped accessible as we can make it for him.
Michael has Cerebral Palsy which is a congenital disorder of movement, muscle tone, and/or posture due to abnormal brain development. Due to this, he’s sadly never been able to enjoy the freedom of being able to walk on his own which is an unfair quality of life. His childhood was filled with multiple corrective surgeries to make his pain associated with CP as tolerable as possible. Shortly after high school he was then bedridden for 10 years which severely deteriorated his muscle movement due to lack of physical therapy. While being bedridden, he has missed out on so many highlights of life; births, birthdays, parties, outings, vacations, you name it. Since then, Michael has been determined to not let his disability stop him from living like a normal person and engaging in social interactions and functions.
The main reason for this campaign is to raise enough money to get a handicapped van for transportation to and from medical appointments, college classes, and to get out and do fun normal things just like everybody else.
His caregivers currently borrow their company van when they can, but it’s not always available which keeps Michael cooped up in his apartment most of his adult life. He has a very active mind even though he’s physically unable to do a lot of things. This makes it the hardest to see Michael live his life without transportation to get him out to socialize in the simplest of settings such as the grocery store.
Michael’s goal is to be as independent as possible, and not having to rely on unforgiving public transportation or scheduling the deteriorating company van. It has been a dream of his to have his own handicapped accessible van to get around, and possibly make it easier for him to find a job which is already hard to find for someone in a wheelchair. It’s hard enough for some people to find a car so imagine only being able to get a van that has to meet so many requirements in order to be modified for a ramp all while living on an extremely limited, fixed monthly Disability income.
Michael has chosen to fundraise for Help Hope Live in part because Help Hope Live assures fiscal accountability of funds raised and tax deductibility for contributors. Contributors can be sure donations will be used to pay or reimburse medical and related expenses. To make a tax-deductible donation to this fundraising campaign, click on the Give button.