Saturday, January 10, 2009

living with MS / a grant of freedom

THANK YOU National Multiple Sclerosis Society Central Pennsylvania Chapter!

Through their financial assistance program we have been fortunate to receive a 2009 grant that helps pay 15% of our yearly payments on our wheelchair accessible van!

A special shout out to Carla Hecker, Information Resource Center Specialist with National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Denver, CO who ‘was there’ over the holidays to answer questions and get the paperwork started.

And, of course, thanks to the NMSS Central Pennsylvania Chapter President, Margie Adelmann and Director of Programs & Services, Robin Unangst for wrapping it all up and signing the check.

If you ever wonder what Multiple Sclerosis fundraising such as MS Walk is all about … Patti’s freedom is a good example!

Wheelchair confined and unable to transfer Patti’s life would be dramatically different without our van. For whatever reason accessible vehicles are priced comparable to luxury vehicles, living with progressive MS for over two decades does not really leave you economically in the luxury car class.

Between a discounted vehicle loan rate brokered by Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) and these grants from NMSS it helps to make freedom a bit more affordable.

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer

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  1. I am glad to have found your blog. I have MS and I have a child who has autism. I will have to come back to read more of your story.

  2. fantastic news to hear! so glad you were able to get that grant!!

    (you know Patrick when it comes time for the next MS walk, I'd be glad to sponsor you all; just drop me an email so I can make a donation; I try to support worthy causes like this :)

    enjoy your day


  3. That is wonderful news and its nice to know what they use the money for.

  4. (((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU)))))))))))))That is Awsome news that there are programs out there to help you and Patti.Have a nice day.

  5. can you believe that when we first came to Southwest Oklahoma people would stand and watch when the van ramp was lowered and Jack entered or left the van. They had not seen a van with a ramp! To get our van serviced we have to make a ROAD TRIP 200 miles and stay over night. You live in civilized country with a state that is helping physically challenged citizens..congratualtions on the grant!


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