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CARRY THE ONE: MATH CLASS HELPING TO SECURE WHEELCHAIR VAN FOR CHILD

A math class at Piedra Vista High School is doing their part to help make the life of a disabled 5 year-old boy a little better.
Cody Green, the math teacher at the school, decided to get his class involved in an effort to help raise money and awareness for Dallin White—a 5 year-old child that none of Green’s students have never even met.

But it’s not about association for Green’s students. According to Faith Hathenbruck, a Senior: “In order to be a good person and change someone I don’t think you ever have to meet them.” She also adds that its more than just a contest to raise money for Dallin to get a wheelchair accessible van. She adds, “I have never had the opportunity to change just one individual life.”

Green discovered the opportunity to help Dallin through a contest that was part of National Mobility Awareness Month. Green’s class isn’t alone. Many different organizations and individuals alike are taking great strides in contributing to Dallin’s cause through the contest.

As for Dallin’s condition and situation, he has cerebral palsy, believed to have stemmed from the fact that he was born three months premature. His insurance was adequate to get him a wheelchair, but not a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

With the help of generous students like those in Cody Green’s class, Dallin may be able to get the vehicle after all. With Twitter and YouTube pages set up for their cause, these math students are making sure that as many people as possible find out about Dallin and other children like him that are in need.

To find out how you can help someone in need or if are in need, you can look to our resource page for links to numerous organizations.

Supporters Raise $50K for Wheelchair Accessible Van for Woman in South Bend

A recent social media campaign that began some time ago has finally paid off, as hundreds rally behind Heather Smith, a South Bend woman with multiple sclerosis.

With the assistance of social media campaigns like #HeatherNeedsAVan, supporters have successfully raised more than $50,000 for a wheelchair accessible van. Something Heather was unable to afford on her own as a single mother with MS.

Before, Heather had to rely on her friends and family to help with loading and unloading her scooter, a task not easy by any means, and on May 20, 2014 it became a thing of the past, as she regained her independence.

Smith’s family said, this had been an overwhelming and emotional experience; the outpouring of support received from friends and strangers alike has been nothing short of a miracle.

As the amount climbed, Smith just couldn’t believe her dream was about to become a reality. In fact, it came a little sooner than she expected. Smith was actually about $5,000 short of the goal, but received a surprise from the owner of Superior Van & Mobility, Sam Cook, who came through at the end to cover the rest. Putting Heather into her mobility van much sooner than later.

Congratulations Heather on your new found independence!

Heather Smith of South Bend Receives Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

http://www.wndu.com/home/headlines/Supporters-raise-50K-for-wheelchair-accessible-van-for-South-Bend-woman-260029271.html

A Wounded Veteran’s Cross Country Bike Ride

Sadly, it’s not uncommon for soldiers to return home from overseas with severe injuries. Many handle their injuries in different ways—something that is made quite evident in the case of Rob Jones.

Jones, a recipient of the Purple Heart, lost both of his legs above the knee while in Afghanistan. Obviously, with such an injury, his rehabilitation process was a long and grueling one. But he never gave up, and when it was all said and done, was more motivated than ever to live his life the way he wanted, which involved riding a bike across the US.

Since his recovery and rehabilitation, Jones has become a Paralympic bronze medalist and, as he puts it, “I wanted to be able to give back. I feel very satisfied that I’m able to do good things for wounded veterans”.

Jones has been able to do just that by attempting to raise more than $1 million for three military charities that helped him in the course of his own recovery.

He has been riding across country—from Bar Harbor, Maine to San Diego, California, for roughly six months. Averaging 30 miles a day, Jones is able to ride after learning to ride an upright bicycle without any power beneath his knees.

With his home stretch ahead of him and his trek nearly over, Rob Jones is a reminder of just how capable those with disabilities can be when they put their hearts and minds first. His ride should be over around the middle of April, and he hopes to not only serve as an inspiration to other disabled veterans, but to also raise the money necessary to help make their lives a better.