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Help CrusinSusan Cruise Again

On June 25, 2020, I was pulling our camper on the way to go camping when a semi side drafted me. As I moved to get out of the draft, I was spun in a 180 jackknifing the camper and van totaling both. The van was a 2009, so it would have cost more to fix it then it was valued, hence it was totaled. The van is our only accessible form of transportation, I am in electric wheelchair full time due to Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 2. My husband is a disabled veteran who uses a wheelchair part-time from Spinal stenosis (Spinal stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal). We have checked into a minivan but with my larger wheelchair it would be a game of Tetris trying to get both chairs into the van. So, I am looking at a four-door truck plus my special controls, between the controls and the vehicle it is going to cost about $200,000.

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October 7, 2020

I started my campaign on the internet by sending my information out to friends and family, with the tough times everyone is going through. I decided that I also needed to start a mail campaign. I will keep everyone updated on my progress.

September 12, 2020

I have heard from a few friends that $200000, scares people. I am planning on getting a loan for the truck for as much as I can, I am asking for help with the $120000 cost of the hand controls and lift system so that I can drive it and get in/out. The rest of the $200000 is for hand control / lift repairs, which can cost between $500 and $10,000 each year. It is also to help cover the other medical needs my insurance doesn’t cover (home help when my husband isn’t able to, therapy co-pays, wheelchair repairs, etc.).

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September 7, 2020

I know it’s not much but I will share this and hope it draws in more funds. Tell Mark I say hello and wishing you both the best in these tough times.

Dan Palmatier


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