May is mobility awareness month. The purpose of this declaration is to bring attention to and show the world how people with disabilities can live an active, mobile lifestyle. Supported by national spokesperson, Mike Savicki, and utilizing the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association network of members,
NMED is celebrating Local Heroes all across North America. We will be giving away a minimum of three Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles to a caregiver, veteran or person with a disability that is dealing with or overcoming mobility challenges.
Vote for MATT daily until MAY 13th
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Enter your name, email and promotion code 953
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Matt Eden was 22 years old in 2004 when he was shot deer hunting near Palo. After a year of rehab and adjusting to a new life, Matt now 30, still finds life in a wheelchair very challenging as far as mobility and being able to enjoy a life that is normal for him.
Matt Eden is a quadriplegic at the C4/C5 level. He is paralyzed from the chest down. He has no use of hands but is able to breathe on his own without an ventilator. He requires total care with assistance in daily cares, dressing, and feeding.
He is unable to ride in a normal car due to a 400# power wheelchair. You cannot just slide him in the seat and load the chair in a trunk of a car or SUV. Standard vehicles do not accommodate 400# wheelchairs and no one can lift the chair without overhead assistance.
For Matt to be able to receive medical care, he needs transportation. Also to attend social functions like church, men’s bible study, going to weddings, birthdays, holidays and out to eat, he needs transportation.
Public transportation is not available in our area, there are no city buses. Handicap services have to be arranged days ahead of time and do not run on evening hours or weekends.
Taking classes at the community college, also requires his own transportation. Vocational rehab provides assistance for job training and schooling but there is no money for purchasing a van.
Matts income is limited, he has a college education but employers have not been willing to hire a quadriplegic so needs assistance or adaptive equipment.
A wheelchair accessible van is very expensive, ranging from $50-60,000.00 and on a disability income of $640.00 a month, is just out of range in Matt’s budget. Paying $200 a month for a car payment results in the van being ragged, rusty and over 20 years old before it is paid for.
Matt’s life is never going to normal as the rest us experience but with a wheelchair accessible van, he can participate in normal social activities and receive the care he needs to stay healthy and live a long happy life.