Mary Clark YAKIMA, WA 4,791 Votes
My name is Mary Clark and I have LGMD (limb-girdle muscular dystrophy). Last summer on our way home from my sister’s funeral in SD (she died from respiratory complications of the same disease), we were involved in a car crash that totaled our van. While I recovered from broken bones and struggled through physical therapy, my husband searched for a wheelchair van but was unable to purchase one due to the cost. We had to settle for a vehicle that does not accommodate my power chair. Transferring me in and out of our replacement vehicle is painful; as a result, I no longer ride in the same vehicle as my husband. I do utilize our city’s public accessible transportation whenever possible. Although it is helpful, the service doesn’t run late enough at night (past 7:00 p.m.) or on holidays and is limited to trips inside city limits. This eliminates a lot of activities that David and I can do together. The service also requires 24-hour advance scheduling, which erases any “spur of the moment” plans. Our own wheelchair van would provide freedom on so many levels. It would enable us to take drives together like we used to. Traveling to see family out of town would be an option again. Visiting friends would also be possible. Other activities I wish to participate in include volunteering at a local women’s abuse shelter, tutoring, Bible studies, shopping, attending sports events (big baseball/football fan), and eating out. The wheelchair van would allow me to participate in activities that I currently have to stay home for. Please vote for us. We greatly appreciate it. Thank you!!