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22Apr/140

Mobility Awareness Month Featured Client Katie Sessing – Thousand Oaks, CA

Katie Sessing doesn't let her disability hold her back. She is a 32 year old single mom of two beautiful, healthy little girls, ages 5 and 2. She is our NMEDA Mobility Awareness Month Client Profile #17

Katie's Story:

Hello, my name is Katie Sessing and I am entering myself! I was born with Cerebral Palsy and have been using an electric wheelchair my whole life. I suffer from somewhat severe scoliosis. But I don’t let my disability hold me back. I’m also a 32 year old single mom of two beautiful, healthy little girls, ages 5 and 2. We don’t have a lot but we are happy. We enjoy doing anything we can…the park, Chuck E. Cheese, even Disneyland when we can afford it.

I have a 2005 Dodge Caravan that I use now. It is not wheelchair converted. We live off my SSI check so I have no money to do so. The way I enter and ride in the van now is both unsafe and very uncomfortable. I am not able to go far or travel inside vehicle for very long amounts of time. Dept. of Rehabilitation is willing to help fund a conversion but my current van is too old and has too many miles on it to be converted. Because I am such low-income at this time, I don’t think I can afford a car payment.

I would really like to go back to work now that my youngest is 2. I feel confident that I can learn to do anything entry level that I am physically able to do. I know both PC programs and Apple programs. I have good people skills and would even love to do customer service. The major thing holding me back is safe and reliable transportation for me and my daughters. I don’t drive and I do not plan on driving. Thankfully because of the care taking I am provided with, I have a licensed and insured driver to drive me wherever I need to go. But I need my own vehicle. I can not transfer out of my wheelchair. And my girls need to be transported with me both in car seats in the back seat.

I’m not sure what other information to include about myself…just that if there’s an accessible van to be given to someone that’s both in need and appreciative, I’m the person. We would be very grateful and take care of the vehicle in hopes it would last us a very long time. Thank you for your time!!

You can vote for Katie here: http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/katie-sessing-thousand-oaks-ca

21Apr/14Off

Mobility Awareness Month Featured Client Brianna Battle – Americus, GA

Brianna Battle is now 15 years old and wears the sweetest smile on her face no matter what she goes through. She is our NMEDA Mobility Awareness Month Client Profile #16

Brianna's Sister nominated her as her hero:

My hero would have to be my little sister Brianna. When I was 7 years old, I found out that I not only would have my little brother of 2 years old growing up along side of me, but we would soon have a little sister! She was born in 1999 and at 6 months began having seizures. She is now 15 years old and wears the sweetest smile on her face no matter what she goes through. Brianna has had numerous surgeries, one being jaw enhancement surgery that would decrease her sleep apnia and help with seizures. The surgery has helped, but has not eliminated seizure all together. At around the ages of 5 to 7 years, Brianna had gained a pretty good vocabulary of around 100 words where she would speak the first syllable of those words to communicate with us.

Over the years of seizures, she now only uses two of those words. “MOM” and “BUBBA” are used quite regularly, as she calls both our brother and myself “Bubba”, which tickles us of course. She has the brightest spirit and has overcome so much. She has a rare chromosome disorder known as Ring 14. It caused a deletion in the 14th chromosome that made one of it wrap around the other, causing loss of DNA. Brianna can walk, but gets botox and has over the years developed tight legs and turned feet as she walks on her toes and doesn’t always have the best balance. She goes through therapy and stays so strong to keep doing what she can on good days and bad. Sometimes it is hard for her to do much when she has many seizures through the night, and she spends most of her time with our awesome mom that is her rock. Her face lights up when Daddy gets home from work and TJ, our brother who has cerebral palsy, gets home from school.

Now that I have gotten married and moved away to pursue music, I miss my whole family dearly, but I have to say the face that kept me most inspired and at peace was my little sister. She is my hero and I can’t stand being hours away from her, but it will make the visits so special! She is one of the greatest blessings God has given our family!

You can vote for Brianna here: http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/brianna-battle-americus-ga/

16Apr/14Off

My Van is a Blessing. My Whole Life Has Changed!

Today we share a special message of hope from MobilityWorks client Pam Holliman, a remarkable woman who has endured significant pain and suffering in her fight with diabetes. Our team in Gallatin Tennessee and the MobilityWorks financing staff helped Pam to get the van she wanted and to be totally independent.

"I would love to share my experience with others out there that are like me and never knew MobilityWorks existed and could change their lives as it did for me.

My van is a blessing. I don't have to depend on anyone. I am so mobile. I can do my own grocery shopping and go everywhere. It has been a blessing to me and I want to thank those who worked on my application and had it approved. God is so good… and I know they will be blessed.

I got sick in Oct. 2012 and stayed 5 months in the hospital and 3 months in rehab because of complications from diabetes. I went through 11 surgeries, 3 strokes and died twice from my artery bleeding out. Muscle was taken from my stomach to repair it. When I came out of the hospital my left leg was amputated above the knee.

The team at MobilityWorks in Gallatin, TN was awesome. My whole life has changed because everyone went the extra mile for me. Today I am alive with no pain. Thanks for everything."

— Pam Holliman


“FinancialWorks approved her (for financing) when other lenders would have turned her down. We truly changed Pam’s life for the better and that’s why our business is so special.”

— Theo Stratos, MobilityWorks Financing


Diabetes in the United Sates

Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. That's almost 10% of the population, including 25% of seniors. The American Diabetes Association has published a Fast Facts document containing data and statistics about diabetes (see the link below for details). You can also learn more about the ADA an how to avoid diabetes or to help others by going to www.diabetes.org.

Download your copy of Fast Facts here.

 

15Apr/14Off

Mobility Awareness Month Featured Client Misty Hayes – Colquitt, GA

When Misty Hayes was a little girl, her mother taught her that she could do anything if she worked hard. She is our NMEDA Mobility Awareness Month Client Profile #15

Misty's Story:

My name is Misty Morning Hayes. I have a type of Muscular Dystrophy. My younger sister, Crystal Anderson has the same disease. We are both in wheelchairs as a result. We both need a wheelchair accessible van, but can’t afford it.
I need your help to help me to continue to be independent. I work forty hours a week with adults with developmental disabilities in a neighboring town. When I was a little girl, my mother taught me that I could do anything if I work hard. Although it is a struggle to work a full time job, I believe I can make a difference in the lives of these individuals with disabilities. I can encourage and lift them up when they are feeling down. I have worked at this center for almost 12 years. I enjoy my job. However, to continue working at my job, I need dependable transportation. I would be so appreciative to be able to own a new van. I have been praying for a new vehicle. I believe this contest could be the miracle I have been praying for. Please help us make our dream a reality. Vote for me, Misty Hayes and also for my sister, Crystal Anderson each day. God Bless!!

You can vote for Misty here: http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/misty-hayes-colquitt-ga/

13Apr/14Off

Cleveland Performance Inspires and Entertains in World Premier of ‘Rock That Rolls’

Wheelchair Dance Choreography and Rock Classics Combine in Dancing Wheels Company & School Ground-Breaking Recital

The world-renowned wheelchair dance team ‘Dancing Wheels Company & School’ of Cleveland, Ohio performed to an array of rock classics in an April 11th performance titled “Rock That Rolls”. The inspiring dance team, made up of able-bodied and wheelchair dancers, male and female, displayed grace, beauty and, above all, the ability to perform. The unforgettable show of physically integrated dance was held at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium and Convention Center.

At far right on stage is Mary Verdi Fletcher, Dancing Wheels President & Founding Artistic Director

Dancing Wheels was started by founding artistic director, Mary Verdi Fletcher, also one of the dancers on stage. Held at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium, Rock That Rolls dances were choreographed by four emerging choreographers from New York City.

For more information about the Dancing Wheels Company & School, including upcoming events and summer classes, go to DancingWheels.org.