Wheels for Independence
I am a full time power wheelchair user due to a neuromuscular condition that developed in 1999 and resulted in paralysis. Prior to that I had been very active in supporting the 4H program in my county as a club President and dog trainer, volunteering at a church food pantry and active in my Church youth and sign language departments. I am a widow since 2009 and my husband used to drive me where I needed to go. I have an aide or friend who helps me but it is difficult for me to physically transfer to a car using a manual wheelchair and then have to depend on someone to push me in the manual chair . The power wheelchair protects my muscles and allows me independence but I need a wheelchair van to transport it when I leave the house in order to not need to rely on a caregiver to push me.
I have a great care team and have been blessed to have a dedicated and prayerful nurse, caregiver, friend, physical therapist and doctors that have helped me push through and work to recover some upper body function after 5 setbacks with total paralysis, I am now able to transfer to my wheelchair, drive a mobility van with special controls and do more for myself. . Donations to this campaign will allow me to have independence to not always have rely on someone to drive me to store, medical appointments, attend prayer, attend church, go to the food pantry, etc. and just do basic day to day things for myself.
March 15, 2021
I wanted to acknowledge, recognize and say THANK YOU to each and every one of my generous donors to HelpHOPELive. I am truly grateful and honored for the outpouring of love, and financial support and for helping me continue to reach for my goal to pay for the cost of a dependable wheelchair accessible van. I want to express my deepest appreciation for your personal commitment and incredible generosity in helping me continue to reach for my financial goal. Your love, prayers, and financial support means so much to me both now and in my future. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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March 11, 2021
I have worked with Mrs Bowe for over 3 years she is such a joy to be around.
January 14, 2021
I personally know Tonya and she needs reliable transportation. No one is more deserving. She has a heart of gold and gives so much of herself to her community and church. I’m blessed to have her as a friend.