A Helping Hand for Joe
Organized by: Ronald Maniglia
Joe was diagnosed with degenerative multiple sclerosis ten years ago. He had no prior family history or symptoms until the day he had difficulty moving his legs. Now, Joe is 50 years old, married to his wife of nearly 25 years, with two grown daughters and lives each day confined to a motorized wheel chair in the living room of their tiny townhouse. His days are spent mostly alone watching television, while his wife works as a teacher at a small private elementary school. Until the last few months, Joe had some ability to move his right hand enough to grasp a mouse to work his computer which opened the outside world to him. Recently the MS has progressed to his chest muscles making speech difficult. Throughout it all, Joe never complains and has been an example to others of what it is like to live with a disability. His faith has kept him strong. As a close friend, I am seeking funds to purchase a piece of adaptive technology which will allow Joe to operate his computer (and perhaps the television) by moving his head and blinking his eyes. The technology is costly and the family income is limited given other expenses. Thank you for your donation.