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Adapted Wheels for Emily

Organized by: Emily Ladau

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Emily Ladau via Crowdrise
June 21, 2014

Huge thanks to the 13 amazing people/families who have donated so far. Hoping we can keep the campaign going strong. Here's to independence! See More

THE STORY:

I was born with a rare genetic physical disability called Larsen syndrome, and I've dedicated my life to advocating for the rights of the disabled.

Currently, I work from home, but my goal is to conquer independence so that I can continue to pursue my passion for advocacy. I recently got my driver's license, but I don't have an adapted vehicle that I can drive. Since my mother and I have the same disability, our medical expenses are often much higher than average.

Initially, I entered a contest hosted by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association to win an adapted van and offset the expense. With nearly 13,000 votes, I made the semi-finals, but I was not chosen as a winner. However, I still dream of pursuing independence, and a vehicle is the best way for this to be a reality. Several people who voted suggested turning to crowd funding, because raising money would be a huge financial relief for my family and would provide me the opportunity to achieve my dream of living independently with a disability.

Driving will allow me to move forward in my career. I began advocacy work at the age of 10, when I appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about living with a disability. In 2013, I graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from Adelphi University, and since graduating, I've been both employed and volunteering with multiple organizations. My work is focused on fostering opportunities and developing resources for the disability community, as well as encouraging people with all types of disabilities to develop their inner voice for advocacy.

Any donation, no matter how big or small, will mean the world to me and to my family, and will ultimately help bring amazing, positive change to my life. Thank you.

$1,235

 

2% Raised of $50,000 Goal

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  • The Burdi Family

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Lilith and the whole Siegel family

    $100

  • Evan Cohen

    $50

  • Suzy Rinaldi

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Allison Matus

    $30

  • Debbie Falco

    $25

  • Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle! Good Luck!

    $100

  • carrie

    $50

  • Anthony Hayes

    $40

  • Anna

    $10

  • Susie B

    $30

  • Pamela Van Beaver

    $200

  • Staci Forrest

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Suzanne reese

     

  • anonymous

    $10

  • Neil Gerstein

    $10

  • M. Schmidt

    $100

  • The Busy Person's Book Group

    $200

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Emily Ladau

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Donor Comments

The Busy Person's Book Group

The Busy Person's Book Group

DONATION: $200

4 years ago

M. Schmidt

M. Schmidt

DONATION: $100

Go get 'em Emily! 4 years ago

Neil Gerstein

Neil Gerstein

DONATION: $10

Good luck :) 4 years ago

anonymous

anonymous

DONATION: $10

4 years ago

Suzanne reese

Suzanne reese

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Staci Forrest

Staci Forrest

DONATION: $50

Here's to independence! 4 years ago

Pamela Van Beaver

Pamela Van Beaver

DONATION: $200

4 years ago

Susie B

Susie B

DONATION: $30

Get those wheels! And hope to see you in England one day! 4 years ago

Anna

Anna

DONATION: $10

4 years ago

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