April update! Here are some of the reasons I am hoping to fundraise for an off-road vehicle:
1. Due to needing home care nursing because I am paraplegic, I had to give up my driver’s license. So I have lost my ability to go places independently. This off-road vehicle will change that for me.
2. I live in rural Iowa which continues to have a number of gravel roads that are difficult to access.
3. Our mailbox is down a rock road. I go every day to get the mail. I could use an off-road vehicle to get the mail safely and easily. Currently I use my power wheelchair to get the mail when weather permits.
4. I use my power wheelchair to travel down a gravel road to get to the upper land. The road has a lot of potholes in it. When it rains I cannot use the road with my power wheelchair. I could use an off-road vehicle to go down the road to take nature photographs, one of my biggest hobbies and passions.
5. I cannot get to the Ledges State Park or to Camp Hantesa. With an off-road vehicle I could get to both of those places which are near and dear to me and are part of my community.
6. A friend lives about 4 miles away on a gravel road. I would like to visit but cannot do so unless my caregiver can take me. With an off-road vehicle I could visit him safely to stay connected.
7. I have been stuck 5 or 6 times in my power wheelchair due to mud. Each time I have had to call someone to come and help me. I usually get stuck so bad it either takes several people or have a four wheeler come and hook onto my chair and pull me out. With an off-road vehicle I would be saving time and effort and protecting my power wheelchair from damage.
8. My caregiver is concerned about damage to my power wheelchair that could lead to injury. She thinks I would be safer with an off road vehicle.
9. During the winter I go out almost every day and last winter I missed two days because of the cold, ice, and snow being so severe. With an off-road vehicle I could go spend time in the beautiful outdoors every day, an activity that enhances my life, no matter the weather.
10. There is a group of handicapped people who use off-road vehicles to go on different trails in Iowa and surrounding states. I would like to join the group. It would be an outlet for me and I would be joining others who have the same problems that I have.
A friend of mine has an off-road vehicle that has adaptive equipment that allows you to use a hand accelerator with a brake. When I visited him I was able to get into his off-road vehicle and took two rides with me using the accelerator and brake. I had a passenger with me who gave me instructions. Check out the new profile picture!
My friend provides the adaptive equipment. He is a dealer for it and would be willing to put the adaptive equipment on my vehicle at wholesale price. He would get the off-road vehicle from the dealer and take it to his place to put on the adaptive equipment. He would then return the vehicle to me.
For safety, the vehicle comes with roll bars, a helmet, and a 4-point seat belt restraint.
The vehicle is a Polaris RZR 900 50”. The adaptive equipment I would need from the dealer includes a rear view mirror and a folding side mirror. The other adaptive equipment for the accelerator and brake would cost $500.
The dealer for the Polaris RZR 900 50” is in a neighboring community so if I needed services for the machine I would be close.
The cost for the machine would be $15,000 to $19,000 and the adaptive equipment would be an additional $500. Right now I have a trailer which I used for a Honda Chuck Wagon. It is the off-road machine I used before becoming a paraplegic, so I have experience with an off-road vehicle.
Mar 19, 2017
Suz is now working on raising funds for an off road vehicle (Polaris RZR). Suz had to give up her driver's license because of restrictions of Medicare. As a result she has only her wheel chair to use. The off road vehicle would allow her some freedom to go on more roads around her home. The roads around the house are not in good condition. See pictures on the Photo Album. Thank you for your donation. The cost of the off road vehicle is $20,000. $5,105 is where we are today. This is March 20th.
Sep 22, 2016
Please read Suz's appeal for an off-road vehicle: "A friend of mine has an off road vehicle that has adaptive equipment that allows you to use a hand accelerator with a brake. When I visited him I...
Sep 22, 2016
Reasons Suz Welch Needs an Off-Road Vehicle:
1. Suz Welch is paraplegic 2. She lives in rural Iowa which continues to have a number of gravel roads. Her mail box is down a rock road, and she...
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