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Help Dean purchase Handicap Van
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On July 4th, 2013 my brother Dean experience a massive stroke while we watched the Marblehead, MA fireworks with friends and family. After 3 weeks of ICU at Mass General Hospital Dean was transferred to Spaulding Rehabilitation. On the 3rd night ... More ...

On July 4th, 2013 my brother Dean experience a massive stroke while we watched the Marblehead, MA fireworks with friends and family. After 3 weeks of ICU at Mass General Hospital Dean was transferred to Spaulding Rehabilitation. On the 3rd night Dean was taking baby steps and we were assured he would be walking within a week. My family and I said goodnight.

Unfortunately, later that evening Dean experienced excruciating lower back pain. By noon the next day at the age of 55 Dean awoke from the operating table a single father of 3 boys, single income household and paralyzed from the waist-down due to a hematoma which crushed his lower spinal cord. After 3 months of rehab and costly handicap household remodeling Dean returned home. With the growing bills and hoping to keep the roof over their heads Dean accepted his employers’ generous offer to return to work as a telemarketer working from home. Unfortunately after 7 months, the amount of pain killers, memory concerns and Dean’s physical condition unfortunately left both parties little choice.

In 3 weeks Dean begins ongoing outpatient rehabilitation. Being able to function from the waist-up Dean can drive a handicapped van which will cost approximately $30,000. With mounting bills we’ve all tried to help. If you can help it would be deeply appreciated? If possible, consider sharing this link with your friends. Dean will walk again.

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