Josh Wilson Richmond, VA 6,759 Votes
My name is Marina Marrow. I work as a personal care assistant for a man named Joshua Wilson. I began working for him about 6 months ago. He is 39 and is living with Cerebral Palsy. Every day I come to work and feed Josh dinner then put him to bed. When I started, I learned that previous care assistants had done terrible things to him. The most recent was two of his assistants blackmailed him by forcing him to allow them to use his credit cards by withholding care such as coming to feed him. They also totaled his wheelchair accessible van that he relied heavily on for transportation. This is only two of the many examples of how people have taken advantage of Josh. He has since put in place some safeguards to keep this from happening again. The insurance company even attempted to repair the crushed van because they knew how Josh relies on it so, but the damage was so bad it is unreliable and unsafe for him to be in and it just sits idle. Josh has very limited physical abilities and is very dependent on others for his care. He started a campaign to raise funds for another safe, reliable and wheelchair accessible van so he can get back to living his life to the fullest, and regain the independence many of us take for granted. However, these are some hard times and donations are barely coming in. Josh is hungry to get back into life. His lack of transportation leaves him confined to his one bedroom apartment every day. Trips to the doctor, social security office, grocery store, or attending a Sunday worship service are big challenges or just not possible without his van. I would like to help him find himself so he can again be happy. Unfortunately, I cannot fit Josh’s high-powered chair into my car to allow him to get out and live life to the fullest. He is still healing from the mental abuse and the depression that the previous care assistants caused. Every summer Josh looks forward to his trip to the beach; he feels it recharges his soul. He is becoming more depressed thinking about this summer and not being able to go.