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Mobility Device Needed for College
$190 raised
76% of $250 goal
9 contributors
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Ended Apr 24, 2017
Hi! My name is Karen. I am a 34 year old Army Veteran & I just recently started with going to college. The campus is large and getting to class on time is a challenge. This will help me maintain my mobility by allowing me to walk & rest instead of drive.


Karen here. I'm 3 semesters into community college and I have a loooong way to go: both academically and physically! I am a 34 year old Army Veteran who needs some help geting around campus. 10 years ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and more recently rumatoid arthritis. My inability to afford healthcare (even though the Affordable Care Act)* has worsened my conditions and I am not as mobile as I once was. Our campus is very large and I am unable to walk from class to class because there are very few benches and stopping points. A walker with wheels will be perfect to help me remain as mobile and active as I can be, without having to drive all over campus or having to be pushed in a wheelchair. They make wide width ones with seats, so I can take a break when I need it. I would like to have some of my independance back and it really starts with this. 

Some will say: "But Karen! If you can already walk, you dont need a walker. Just go a little bit further and your body will eventually get used it it. You are too young! But I want to tell you this: walking a little is not the same as walking. What I mean by this is that being able to walk a little, being able to walk with consequences, that’s not the same as being able to walk (the end). What I mean is, can this person walk to the store and back? Can they do so safely? Can they do so and still have energy left for the day? Can they walk long enough to go places, enjoy things, to do what they could do if they had mobility aids?

Yes, being able to walk, even a little, is different than not being able to walk at all. But it’s not the same as being able to walk, without consequences.

When you deny someone mobility aids because they can still walk, because you want them to still walk, you’re missing something. If they’re asking for mobility aids, their mobility is already limited. They’re already not walking as often because they can’t. Mobility aids won’t change that. But they can actually improve mobility, and allow for more opportunities to go out and be active.  

If you can afford to help me get a wide width walker (slightly more expensive than a regular size one) I will be forever grateful. I am a 3.0 student, I am trying and I want you to know that I will work hard to continue with both school and maintaining mobility <3 Thank you so much for yout time and donations. Any addition money we make over the amount requested will go towards pimping it out with a cup holder, top of the line tennis balls, etc. 

I've included a link to a proposal I am putting forth regarding disability access at our College. I am comitted to helping both myself and others have the access to education we are promised.

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