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New Set of Wheels
$3,594 raised
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Ended Aug 10, 2015

I have been in a wheelchair for 28 years due to a spinal cord injury from car accident. This is the result of a bad decision made at age 16 to get in a car with someone who was drinking.

Over the last 28 years I have been very fortunate to have experienced many positive things, met many extraordinary folks, and strived to support myself. I have had many different and interesting jobs in that time and am fortunate to have been employed with same company now for 15 years, not on government disability.

My wheelchair is my mobility, and due to my ever expanding list of physical issues I require a custom fitted, strong, lightweight wheelchair. In order to maintain my independence my chair needs to have some amenities such as detachable wheels, folding frame, adjustable back, etc. Unfortunately after 12 years my only wheelchair, although she's been a good one, is wearing out. Generally Insurance companies will replace necessary medical equipment (such as a wheelchair for a paraplegic), around every 5 years. Also unfortunately after 3 years of beauracracy and many appeals, my corporate insurance company has deemed a new special fitted lightweight wheelchair medically unnecessary for me. Imagine my surprise! I've appealed to them numerous times about my situation over these last 3 years but was repeatedly told that those decisions were made by the 'Medical Advisory Board', these so-called board members of whom I could never contact or converse with about my situation seemed more like ghosts. I've inquired about rebuilding the one I have now but this was not feasible and near as costly as buying a newly fitted chair, which is what I really need as my body has changed in the last 12 years and I am in need of a new/different seating arrangement for the future.

I've lived in my 1950's built home for 16 years without any special handicapped accessibility features except for the wide bathroom door. Now with declining energy and mobility on the horizon, I have been on a 3 year mission to update my house with handicapped accessibility (kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom). This led to many unexpected and hidden structural issues which have had to be corrected. This has cost a great deal more than expected, delaying the project, and leaving me without funds to purchase my own chair. 

It is for this reason that I have decided to reach out for help with my cause to raise money (approx $8000.00) for a new Specially fitted TiLite Wheelchair.

I must mention as someone who has worked hard to be productive, self supporting, and staying off the Disability List, it has been a Great Struggle for me to get to this point where I have to ask for funds for something my corporate insurance company should pay for. I also know there are a great number folks of who are willing and able to help someone who works hard and just needs a small helping hand from a number of folks, Any and all donations to my cause will be Deeply Appreciated.


Thank you for your consideration,

Pete Woitkowski

8108 Starnes Randall Road

Charlotte, NC 28215

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