Paid 12/26/2011
Self-Sufficiency Grant

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This person has left the following thank you note:

User-submitted image -  Click to see real sizeI want to thank you very much for reading my request for help and donating. Ever since I was diagnosed with MS I have struggled to regain some of my physical abilities. Having an adaptive bike will allow me to regain some of the mobility and freedom that I have lost. I cannot wait to go fast again! I look forward to going further with the increased mobility that I have now been given. With this adaptive bike I can now keep up with my wife and kids. And without your generous contribution it would not have been possible. This experience of receiving such generosity has left a lasting effect on my life. Again I thank you for your generosity.

Dad with MS: Help Him Be Mobile

My Story:

I am 30 year old guy with a wife and two young kids (a nine year old girl and a three year old boy), and six years ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) during my senior year of college. Luckily, I was able to complete my bachelor's degree and now work full time as a Mechanical Engineer. My whole life I was a very active guy. I used to play football and basketball. Now, I am unable to run or even walk long distances. A few weeks ago, my wife as an anniversary present rented a regular two wheeled bicycle. I felt alive again being able to move. Unfortunately, it was short lived as my balance and muscle fatigue made it unsafe and very difficult to ride.

I need Modest Needs' help to afford an adaptive bike so that I can safely ride a bike. I fear that if I do not do something now that I my MS will progress so far that I will be unable to even ride an adaptive bike. Our family is already on a tight budget and an adaptive bike which would allow me to safely ride is something we just can't afford. I am the main provider of a family of four. While my wife works part time she mainly stays home with the kids.

When I was riding the bike I felt so capable. For the first time since being diagnosed with MS I was able to go fast and it made me feel so happy. My wife said that I was just beaming. Not being able to move and keep up with my kids has really dealt a big blow to my self-esteem. I feel like if I had an adaptive bike it would allow me to feel like a man again.

I feel like I have done all the things in my power to maintain my health. I eat healthy; I go on short walks at work, I regularly see a counselor, I go to church almost every Sunday. My wife makes sure that I do all the things I am 'supposed to do'. I'm a family man trying to set the right example for my kids about not giving up and to keep on trying. To show them that even though I couldn't ride a two wheel bike, I did not give up.

Knowing that there are people from around the world that got inspired enough by my story to donate would leave a lasting impression on my life. It would show my family that people care and we are not alone in this world, that we have people rooting for us. Also being on the receiving end of charitable generosity I would be obligated to give back. What better way than through charitable bike rides.

As of 2011-12-26, this application has been fully funded!

This request for help was funded at the recommendation and through the support of Modest Needs' donors.

Application Status Update: On 2011-12-29, Modest Needs sent payment via Check in the amount of $539.88 to The Bike Rack on behalf of this deserving individual.