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Richard Balli

Corpus Christi, TX

Entry Photo for Richard Balli - Corpus Christi, TX

I have been without a vehicle for about 5 years now ever since I got scammed on a transmission job that was never done and they ruined the engine and the transmission at the same time. I used my van to visit my 98 year old mother who just passed away 2 years ago. Now i use public transportation or push my wheelchair to the store or any where that is close for me to get groceries or my prescriptions. Any place further i use the bus system. It has been very hard for me to find people to help me with my errands so i do the best i can on my own. This was the last photo on Mothers Day that we spent together.I have polio and use my wheelchair every day, I am 66 years old and have been disabled since the age of 7 months when i caught polio in 1950 during the polio epidemic. So this is my story, thank you for reading it.