You Can Make the Difference!
Dear Friends, Family, Friends of Family, Friends of Friends and Heroic Strangers,
It’s been some time since I’ve had the need to reach out to ask for help, a position that makes me somewhat uncomfortable. I much prefer doing for other people. However, I can no longer count on my wheelchair accessible vehicle nor can I finance a new one on my own. I’m hoping you can make the difference.
For those who may not know me, please allow me a moment of your time to give you some background. On August 4th, 2007, I was the victim of a horrible crime that changed me forever. I was attacked by a stalker I knew as an acquaintance who plotted to abduct me from my home in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He talked his way into my home then put a gun to my head. When I fled for my life he opened fire and one of the bullets obliterated my 12th thoracic vertebrae which paralyzed me from the waist down. I landed in the driveway and then he ran me over and turned his tire on my abdomen and arm causing additional injuries. He fled the scene but came back minutes later, picked up the bullet casings, put them in his pocket, then dragged me across my driveway and left me to die behind the hedges. I prayed for my life while waiting to be rescued. I survived by a miracle and the grace of God, whom I firmly believe has a plan for me.
Allan Sinclair IV did not break my spirit. Though I spent over six months in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, The Spinal Cord Injury Support Group offered encouragement to help me adjust, problem solve, and set goals. I became involved with various social activities within the group and took up the sport of handcycling. I’ve completed 13 full Marathons! More than that, I resolved to find meaning in my life by being there for people who need a helping hand. Often, I could be found driving those with greater physical disabilities than mine to medical appointments and delivering donated wheelchairs and equipment to those that do not have insurance coverage. I spent 4 years running the church Flea Market while delivering food to people shut in. I got a kick out of hosting foreign exchange students and cooking dinners for them typically eaten in the States for that full “American experience”. Today, I hope I am an inspiration to others by sharing my story and experiences through motivational speaking engagements.
Having a modified vehicle has been my lifeline, allowing me the freedom, flexibility and reliability to be there for people counting on me. Unfortunately, it’s no longer safe to drive my old 2004 Conversion Van. It’s broken down many times and I find it scary and dangerous with my medical condition, especially in the scorching Florida heat without reliable air conditioning. The ramp malfunctions, the interior is moldy and smells of burning oil. You get the idea. A new van can cost around $65,000 of which 1/3 has already been raised!
This is where I need your help. A fundraising campaign has been established in my honor with Help Hope Live to help with the financial burden of uninsured spinal cord injury-related expenses. Help Hope Live is a trusted nonprofit organization that has been providing community-based fundraising guidance to help patients and families in need for more than 30 years. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law and are held by Help Hope Live in the Southeast Catastrophic Injury Fund. Donations are allocated by Help Hope Live based on financial need for medical expenses. Please help me reach my goal. Consider making a tax deductible contribution today.
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Please keep an eye on the website because I will be updating the amount raised to date and posting news on upcoming fundraising events. With sincere gratitude, I thank you kindly for your consideration.
Christine Kent (firstname.lastname@example.org)
April 28, 2023
So grateful that I was able to get a newer 2018 Van 3 years ago, and I'm very fortunate to have my own safe transportation now thanks to all who made that possible!!!
The costs associated with my Van are really more than I can afford though, but I manage thanks to those who have helped me along the way with kindhearted Donations.
It's crazy how much the cost of living has increased, and the amount I bring in every month on Social Security Disability doesn't cover my monthly expenses. I have some uninsured Medical related expenses, but mostly my Van expenses for Service & Maintenance, Gas, Repairs, Tires, and an Extended Warrantee which covers all the accessible features too for the Ramp, Auto Sliding Door, Computers, etc. puts me way over the top. I can never afford to have it washed, unfortunately, but periodically some kind person helps me with that a few times per year.
Any Donation is Most Appreciated and so helpful for me to continue to manage financially.
Thank you kindly and God bless you for caring to make a difference in my life
March 31, 2019
Dear Friends & Family, Thank you all who have helped me with my campaign and to those who have contributed to my Wheels for Christine Fund for a new Van. I am blessed that just after a year and a half I have reached my goal and was able to purchase a new 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus completely modified by Braun and Mobility Works for my full accessibility! It is with a joyful and grateful heart that I now have a new van and will have safe and reliable transportation for myself and for those with disabilities whom I assist. Life is good and God is great! I thank God for all of those kindhearted, caring, and generous people who came forward to make a difference in my life and I am so blessed! May God bless each and every one of you who have helped me to reach this important goal.
September 30, 2017
Wheels for Christine
September 30, 2017
September 20th- Help Katie Foster celebrate her September 26th birthday with a contribution to #wheelsforchristine. What better way to celebrate life than to do something good for someone deserving. Katie is hoping she has 100 friends who will each donate $10 or more towards a handicapped accessible van for Christine. Let's get this amazing Christine back on the road in a safe vehicle so she can continue to help herself and others. Thank you.
September 30, 2017
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September 3, 2017
At this time, I am in great need of replacing my old 2004 Conversion Van which is no longer safe or reliable for me to drive, especially when assisting others with disabilities. It’s broken down many times and I find it scary and dangerous with my medical condition, especially in the scorching heat. It’s been my pleasure to make a difference and help others with disabilities. I have often taken them to medical appointments and delivered donated wheelchairs and equipment to those that do not have insurance coverage. I continue to have medical appointments due to my debilitating physical condition to which I must have reliable transportation to get to safely.
Will you please make a Donation to help me raise the funds to replace my old Van with a new accessible one?
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August 25, 2023
Heard your story on I Survived and was moved to donate. Hope it helps. Wish it could be more. Very best wishes as you continue your courageous journey.
August 22, 2023
I know it’s hard to share your story in front of the camera, but you did and you still gave glory to GOD through all of the pain. Your faith inspires more people than you’ll ever imagine Christine.
We’ll always be praying for you! We’re proud of you and love you!
YOU keep track of all my sorrows. YOU have collected all my tears in YOUR bottle. YOU have recorded each one in YOUR book.
April 1, 2023
Christine, I just watched your horrific story of survival on ID, “Your Worst Nightmare.” God bless you for finding joy and a sense of purpose, after all you went through and continue to battle each day. You are a true inspiration to us all! Take care, Joni
March 11, 2023
I watched your story on Prime and was so inspired by you. Thank you for being so brave and sharing what you went through. It will help others not to give up. I prayed for you, for Jesus to draw near to you and give you strength. Live each day to the fullest, and never feel defeated - because you are a hero. God bless you! :)
February 26, 2022
God Bless You Christine! I heard your story through kimbryleigha on YouTube. It's such a true testimony of strength through Christ. I wish you the best Always.
December 3, 2021
Best wishes as always! God bless!
November 17, 2021
December 16, 2019
Best wishes always in life with wishes for peace!
July 25, 2019
That\'s incredible. You are confirming my ideology that nothing is impossible.
MichaelChristian Duffy (Ms.)
July 8, 2019
You are somebody that I would like to know. My kneecaps were broken two years ago and I\'m finally getting a wheelchair accessible van from Mobility Works in Santa Clara, California where I live. I can\'t believe how positive that Marc, the sales rep I\'m working with is! I only gravitate towards positive people and I do believe in the impossible. I\'m a graphic designer/illustrator with a background in Public Relations.
Ms. Michael Duffy
May 28, 2019
Happy Birthday Christine
March 21, 2019
You are such a brave and inspirational woman! Can't wait to see what you do next!
March 14, 2019
Sorry I can’t do more at this time ❤️
February 19, 2019
You exude radiance with your positivity, perseverance and strength! I am honored to have you for a friend. You make this world a better place. I am so excited for you to get your new wheels!
February 6, 2019
We support everyone..... this is especially for Christine so she can get her 'wheels'... and everything needed for her to continue on her path to helping not only herself but all others as well. She is an inspiration!!
Jerry & Sharon Lane
February 5, 2019
You inspire Hal and I with your spirit to live fully and give so much back to others. We want to continue to help you get a van so you can help yourself and others in need.
Wendy and Hal Burke
January 10, 2019
Best wishes for a fantastic new year my Friend ✌️❤️✨
December 24, 2018
On behalf of Ernie and Carrie’s Twig family friends in West Hartford, Merry Christmas and best wishes Christine!
December 18, 2018
Admire your strength and pray you reach your goal.
December 3, 2018
Christine, we Admire your Spirit, Courage and your Perseverance to get through Life and all of it's challenges, and yet you still find a way to smile at everyone you meet. Truly an amazing person and motivation to us all.
Abe & Angel Matusof
December 2, 2018
Hoping you will get your van soon xo
November 30, 2018
I hope you raise a lot of money tomorrow night!
November 19, 2018
Best of luck
October 2, 2018
Christine , You are a true inspiration
July 10, 2018
My beloved friend and"sister" I know how often your ramp fails you. May you reach your goal soon to have some reliable wheels!
June 12, 2018
It is an honor to support a woman who pays it forward to others.
June 3, 2018
Wishing the best future for you!xoxo
June 2, 2018
You have a bubbly spirit and nice attitude. Nice meeting you at the DMV. No more popping wheelies lol
May 30, 2018
To help with your ongoing needs. Sending you positive energy.
May 28, 2018
Hope this little bit helps...
May 28, 2018
Happy birthday lovely Christine!
May 28, 2018
Happy Birthday, Christine! I hope this gets you a bit closer to your goal! Best wishes for new wheels real soon!
May 7, 2018
Who would think after 25 years our paths would randomly cross again at Fishtales. Happened for a reason. You truly are an inspirational soul & remind us how blessed we all are! Sending you much love!❤
April 26, 2018
Christine, I admire your incredible courage, strength and love for life. Thank you for what you do!
April 23, 2018
What an amazing person you are to help others like this. I saw your story on channel 7. I was unable to attend the event Saturday.
April 21, 2018
I met you last night at the concert. I knew nothing of your story until today. You are amazing. An inspiration to all. And you have a beautiful smile.
April 20, 2018
Saw your story on the news and I was moved by your wonderful outlook on life. Wishing you only the best this life has to offer. God bless.
March 26, 2018
Here's a small donation to help your cause and I look forward to your event next month Christine!
March 22, 2018
Unfortunately I cannot attend tonight’s worthy cause to support Christine. Thank you for including me. I wish you a very successful evening!
March 18, 2018
I watched the video that my friend, Wendy Mervis posted, asking for help for getting you new wheels. I was very touched by your story, and the blessing that you are to others. With dear friends like Wendy, I'm sure that your goal will be reached! Praying for you, and wishing you all the best!
March 17, 2018
I’ve met Christine only one time at a fundraiser a few years ago for the Darrell Gwinn foundation. Christine has made a profound impact on my life. Christine is about the same age as me and it hit so close to home. Especially when I think about all the risks and chances I’ve taken in my lifetime. I admire this brave lovely soul very much and wish her the best. I hope others contribute to her cause as well. She deserves this and so much more.
March 15, 2018
March 14, 2018
Your story is truly inspiring! Thank you for all that you do for the community. Sincerely, Global Wealth Management
March 13, 2018
Christine deserves this help so she can continue to pay it forward as she does by assisting other who are handicapped and in need.
Kim Kraus Kotheimer
December 30, 2017
I just want to say "Thank You" to my Supporters so very much for helping to make a difference in my Life! As of 12/29/2017 we have raised $23,387 and I'm more than 1/3 of the way to meeting my Goal thanks to your support and generosity! I'm confident and blessed to know that I will be able to replace my old Van in 2018 and I'm so very grateful to you!
December 3, 2017
I could spend just 3 weeks at her place with her, but even in such little time she managed to make me see, through all her hope and joy, how blessed I am and that we all must be thankful for every single day of our lives. May God keep blessing you sweetheart, you're one of the best people I've ever met! #MyMomFor3Weeks
Love from Brazil ❤️
Juliana Melo Silva
November 17, 2017
You are a true inspiration and I'm so sorry that you were a victim of such a horrific crime..im glad he received the maximum sentencing..I am limited on funds because I'm on disability but will soon make a donation..your story really touched my heart and I pray God continues to bless you..im a friend of Tammy Shifflett from Charlottesville, VA and my name is Genie
Genie (Lapsley) Herring
November 13, 2017
Christine, I am spreading the word and sending a check. You are an inspiratiuon to all who meet you.
Nelson R Disco
November 12, 2017
Only a few know the depths of sorrow a Mother endures when her child experiences such pain, yet she still brightens my day with hope and love.
November 11, 2017
Previous note should have be signed, Joanie, a friend,of Ann Marie.
November 11, 2017
Your resilience and grace in the face of this tragedy is inspiring! Sending you strength and love.
Joanid, a friend of a
November 2, 2017
Many thanks to all my friends who contributed to my birthday campaign for Christine. Your contributions helped to start our fundraising campaign to get Christine her much needed van. We still have a long way to go but we will get there. This woman is so deserving of our help. What a great way to "pay it forward." Please feel free to spread the word to your friends and family and offer them the opportunity to make a donation and make a difference. Thank you.
October 19, 2017
Hang in there Missy Chrissy....you will get that van. I am sure everyone will reach into their hearts and donate. Kurt and I did yesterday and we have spread the words to all our friends. We love you and admire all that you strive to do in your life.
October 9, 2017
Your personal account of overcoming tragedy and your passion to make a difference is truly inspiring!
October 7, 2017
I'm in awe of your courage. May God bless and keep you always!
Rebecca Miller, Wendy's Sister-in-law
October 5, 2017
My mother in law Katie Foster told us about your need for a new van, we hope this donation gets you closer to that goal.
Stephanie & John
October 4, 2017
Dear Christine - My aunt, Katie Foster, asked we celebrate her birthday this year by keeping you in our minds and hearts! I am honored to help support you (in the little I could!) as your continue your journey. Wishing you every good thing and more - hope one day we get to meet!
J. Rachel Gustafson
October 3, 2017
Christine, my sincerest sympathy for what you are enduring. I pray for divine favor upon your life.
September 28, 2017
I am so happy to let my family and friends know that an anonymous donor is going to MATCH ALL DONATIONS made to Christine's van fund in honor of my birthday. He has extended the match to include donations made through October 15. So if you haven't yet participated, there is still time to help get #wheelsforchristine. Thanks
June 18, 2016
Christine, I saw your story on "Dates from hell". I was struck by how strong and positive you are. You are truly an inspiration. Keep your beautiful spirit.
Love from Belgium!
September 6, 2014
If you believe in God, like I do, there is always a reason for bad things happening! I truly believe this! Something good will come out of something bad! I pray for you always!
September 2, 2014
Hi Christine, I just watched you on 'I Survived' and want to tell you how proud I am that you did survive. You are an amazing individual. God Bless x
February 17, 2014
I just watched dates from hell and your nightmare story made me feel so much empathy for you.
Hang in there Chris and if you need a break in Australia come visit me and my partner.
love and god bless from, Ian and Regina.
December 4, 2013
Your old neighbor thinking about you! My email is email@example.com I am on Facebook as Caroline Curylo
Hi Christine, would love to talk with you. I am on Facebook under Caroline LaPlante my email is Carolinecurylo@aol.com
August 8, 2013
Hi Christine, Just wanted to say hi and wish you all the success possible in your life. I hope your pain subsides as time goes on. I know it did for me. I was paralyzed in a car accident at age 26 (44 years ago) but like you decided to try and live life as well as I could and conquer the obstacles facing me. I really didn't have much choice in some respects as I had to baby girls 2 months old and 17 months old and a wife who couldn't mentally adapt to the kids and my accident and got serious mental health problems. So newly injured, newly divorced, with 2 kids to take care of I started my new life in a wheelchair. With family and friends help and a small settlement from the owner of the car involved in the accident I was able to hire a live-in housekeeper and started a new business venture with a friend which led to better financial situation.
I've never remarried I guess out of fear of having to go through that episode all over again but have had a number of girl friends and one long term live-in relationship. But finally she wanted a more secure future and moved on. I've done a lot of things in my disabled life, from flying airplanes to racing boats but now I'm getting old and worn out. I was very lucky health wise and except for a battle cancer in the upper left humerus about 10 years ago have never really been sick or had pressure sore problems. In fact they nick-named me "Superpara" at the Miami VA Spinal Cord Injury Center due to my ability to bench press 200 pounds when I only weighed 120 pounds and the ability to get from the floor into the chair with one arm pushing between my legs and the other on the chair to steady myself. Could also do a handstand on parallel bars from my wheelchair, and even grasping the sides of a diving board and doing a handstand butt first dive into the water. Oh those were the days.
Anyway, there can be success in life and I'm glad you have a good start. One thing I found to help push the pain to the side was staying busy and I stayed in bed maybe 5-6 hours a day since I was never comfortable lying down and just kept busy doing something. Never took anything but aspirin until I got that bone cancer and although the cancer is gone the damage to the bone from it eating its way out has left me with a nagging ache which I do use a 12hr slow release pain medication to bring it down to a level that I can cope with. But still I soldier on and still live independently but miss doing things like mowing and other yard work around my house on 3 acres in a very rural subdivision 25 miles from a town in NW Florida (left Miami in 1974).
If you can get in touch with me email as I'd love to communicate with you.
Sincerely, Jerry (firstname.lastname@example.org)
April 14, 2013
I heard your story yesterday on the show "Dates From Hell". I watch many shows like that, about crimes and murders, and they are all horrific stories, but yours really resonated with me so much. I was literally in tears the whole time. I kept thinking while watching, "oh please tell me she's not paralyzed.. please...", and at the end when they showed you in your wheelchair, I broke down again. I am SO sorry that you had to go through this. You are truly a special person, and proof that miracles can happen, in the fact that you are a survivor. You are an absolutely beautiful, strong, courageous, kind, inspirational woman.
I have had experiences with stalkers and creepy men before. I have had to take out 2 different restraining orders. One man threatened my life and would harass me through calls and emails (to myself AND my family) calling me awful names and describing in detail the ways he wanted to torture and kill me. I was terrified. So while of course, I did not go through it to the extent that you did, I still felt a strong connection to your story. If that happened to me, I don't think I would be half the woman you are. The strength you demonstrate is unbelievable. I truly consider you a hero.
I hope that you hold your head high, and know that the guy who did this to you did NOT win. You did, and you continue to win, every single day that you are a brave survivor. I know we don't know each other, but if I ever met you I would want to give you a big hug and tell you how awesome I think you are. The scumbag that hurt you will rot in hell. Please keep on being yourself and SMILE! I am so proud of you for being a fighter!!!
Jennifer / Pennsylvania
April 13, 2013
Christine. Since the year 2009, I injured my left hip.
Since 2009, I was in constant pain. And since 2009, I
was walking with a limp. I was getting so tired of the
constant pain, that I wanted to chopped off my left leg.
I just wanted the pain to go away. Two times, the doctor
had to give me a shot into my left hip within a 5 month
span. I know what you`re going through with the pain.
Christine, hang in there. I know I am.
James Bradley Riverside California
September 15, 2012
May God bless you with EVERTHING you need!
Helen Mitchell/Montgomery, Alabama
November 5, 2010
Christine-You have come a long way since I called you my step-daughter. I am so sorry for all the pain and suffering you have gone through. No one should ever have to experience the horrors you did. I also cannot think of words that would truly express the admiration I have for your courage and strength. You know me as Beth and it has been 28 years since we were in each others' lives. I would love to reconnect. You can reach me through Facebook under the name Elizabeth Tompkins.
Elizabeth Tompkins, Cohoes, NY
April 30, 2010
What you have done to survive and make a life for yourself is inspirational and we are so proud of you!
Hal and Wendy Burke/Fort Lauderdale
April 17, 2010
you are a very well adjusted and great person thank you for the inspiring story
scott turner amherst,mass
April 17, 2010
Helen Montgomery, Alabama
April 16, 2010
Hi Christine, You're an amazing woman. I admire your strength. We all take many things in life for granted. You are very fortunate. I wish you happiness in everything you do in life. Take care.
April 16, 2010
Hello Christine. You are truly one who was meant to be here and God, for sure has a plan for you. I was touched deeply by the events of your tragedy, and you will be in my prayers. Stay strong, stay close to Jesus, as he is always closeby to us. Regards, Celeste from NH
CL Gilmanton, NH
April 16, 2010
Hello Christine...you are an inspiration to this single Mom who left an abusive marriage! I showed your story to my kids so that they know they can do anything and to never give up hope:)
K, WA State
March 9, 2010
Christine, you're an amazing person. In my prayers.
Mike Braithwaite Reno, NV
October 14, 2009
just want you to know how special you are to us.You are a very brave woman.you hold a very special place in our hearts.keep the faith.We love you.
Love,The Martino Family
October 6, 2009
I admire your strength & courage as you work so very hard every day to regain your life. Your warm smile in the face of adversity is truly inspiring! Keep the faith!
April 27, 2009
Christine still has that incredible spirit that drew me to her in the beginning.She is stong in fighting her way to a new lifestyle of being self sufficient and giving a smile and kindness to those she knows. I am blessed to know her.
December 18, 2007
Christine, We all take so much for granted, some times we need to put things in perpective to realize how blessed we are. I know your parents are thanking God that you are alive. You will be in my prayers this Christmas and the in the future.
November 16, 2007
Although my daughter’s spirit is strong, I'm the one who sees her cry, knowing she will never walk again and realizing these terrible injuries will affect her for life.
Ann Marie Stenhouse
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