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Bernie's Handicap Van

Organized by: Bernard Domann

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Bernard's Photo
Bernard's Photo

THE STORY:

     In May of 1998 my brother Bernie was living a dream, working on the grounds crew of the Cleveland Indians. My dad was so proud of him because he, himself was one of the Indians biggest fans and here his son was working side by side with the players. Four months later in August, Bernie's world crashed. Our dad died of esophageal cancer and two weeks later Bernie was diagnosed with a rare dease with no cure, called Scleroderma. The doctor told him it was an auto immune disease. His body would get stiff because the body thinks that it is damaged and it produces scar tissue. The doctor said there was a chance his organs could get scar tissue and cease functioning and he would die. At the time of the diagnosis Bernie had a very active life. He is a fourth degree knight in the Knights Of Columbus and was very active with them raising money for different charities. He was riding his dirt bike, flying on weekends, hanging out with friends, and working at his other job as a ramp agent for Continental Airlines loading airplanes. He was a graduate of Ohio University with a Commercial pilot's license and was working on getting enough hours to get hired by Continental as a pilot.

     As these 15 years have gone on, Bernie's health has worsened. He has reduced blood flow in his hands and feet which makes his hands and feet cold in the winter. He has a major problem with calcium deposits under his skin that feel like rocks. The deposits break through the skin and cause infections. He has been in the hospital numerous times with infections in his bones. Due to his tendons tightening, he has had his toes amputated, surgery on both ankles, knee and his hand. Over the years as Bernie's desease has worsened, he has had to give up things he loved. One of those was his love of flying and his aspirations of being a commercial pilot vanished. Bernie no longer could pass his flying physical. In 2010 Bernie had to go on disability because he could not work anymore and had to quit the Indians also.The tightening of his tendons in his legs had gotten so bad that he had to use crutches to walk. By last fall, the tendons had bent his legs to the point that he had to use a travel scooter everywhere. He feels trapped in his home because it is so hard to go out anywhere now.

     Bernie, understandably has gotten depressed many times, but still keeps a smile on his face. Sometimes this terrible change in his life with no hope has brought him so far down, that ideas of suicide has crossed his mind.Then, he thinks of his family and friends around him, and he feels something pushing him through it. A few months ago Bernie decided he wanted to do something special for people. He started volunteering at a nursing home, where he would visit the residents with his dog Bridget. The residents light up when they see them. They recall stories of their own dogs when they were younger. He has gotten back to church a few times, and wants to go more often. Bernie is thankful for his scooter carrier that is on the back of his car, but it is so hard and painful to load the scooter that he doesn't go out that much. 

      With the money we hope to raise for Bernie, He will hopefully be able to buy a handicap van with a ramp so he can drive his scooter right into it. If he got this van, it would bring him so much more freedom. He could go back to doing things with the Knights Of Columbus again, he could go to the nursing home more often, to church more regularly, and start going out with his friends more often. Bernie has been through so much and he still has so much to offer. This van would bring so much needed freedom that he hasn't felt in years.

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

$8,010

 

50% Raised of $16,000 Goal

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  • Mike & Jody Domann

    $30

  • Jackie

    $50

  • Kevin Domann

    $20

  • Yvonne Mitchell

    $20

  • Your friends at The Natural Pet Enrichment Center

    $200

  • Karen and Scott

    $100

  • Becky

    $25

  • Mark Schwertle

    $50

  • Rick & Lynette Scullen

    $50

  • Lorri Lott

     

  • TJG

    $20

  • Steve Miller

    $50

  • Kellie genova

    $25

  • Philip Swaney

    $100

  • John Harb

    $100

  • A new friend

    $50

  • Karen Graham

    $50

  • Pam and Michael Shanahan

    $75

  • John G Gray

    $50

  • Marco

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Michael & Tiffany Fox

    $100

  • Kim Reichek

    $50

  • Gary Husak

    $25

  • Cindy Schauer

    $100

  • Keith & Gayle Allyn

    $20

  • Anonymous

     

  • John E Gray

    $20

  • Reenie Robertson Bartinelli

    $50

  • Chuck Domann

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Dan Finan

    $100

  • Benton

    $50

  • Dale Trusko

    $25

  • Jeff Molchan

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Bill Monachino

    $200

  • Sheila Giordano

     

  • G.De

    $150

  • Anthony F Marzola Je

    $75

  • Steve, Mary Beth & Jacob Child

    $100

  • Sue Mazzone

    $20

  • Mike Bordonaro

    $100

  • David Dornacker

    $100

  • Noah and Ava Buczek

    $100

  • JEG

    $20

  • Mary Lea and Gary Kirby

    $25

  • Eric Owens

    $100

  • John & Marj Gray

    $50

  • Lori shymske

    $25

  • Janet Dutton

    $50

  • Terri, Glenn & Ashton Mosham

    $50

  • Tracy Lucas

    $100

  • David Dornacker

    $100

  • Mark Domann

    $50

  • Marjorie Gray

    $100

  • Kathleen McDonald Troy

    $25

  • Kevin Joseph Michael Domann

    $25

  • Heather Abicht

    $100

  • Joanne Bertram

    $100

  • Jim McDonald

    $100

  • Kelsey and Derrick Domann-Scholz

    $100

  • Tracy Dalzell & Family

    $100

  • Richard

    $100

  • Mary & Tom Deegan

    $100

  • Pam McGrath

     

  • Robin Renner

    $100

  • Lee & Kate Kundick

    $100

  • Bobbie morrow

     

  • An old friend.

    $250

  • John Hoopingarner

     

  • David Root

    $200

  • The Pring Family

     

  • Patti& Jerry Shega

    $40

  • Joan & Jon Deegan

    $100

  • joleen redding

    $50

  • Mary and Frank Bolmeyer

    $100

  • Debbie Fitzgerald

     

  • joleen redding

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • David Dornacker

    $100

  • Donna Daniels

    $20

  • Al and Claudia Ohler

    $100

  • Sheree Little

    $100

  • Cindy Pivarnik

    $100

  • Pat & Mary Altieri

    $100

  • Paul and Irene Murphy

    $75

  • Mike and Julie Murphy

    $50

  • Robin L. Duncan

    $40

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Organized by

Bernard Domann

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $8,010 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Bernard Domann

Amount Raised

$7,560

 

47% Raised of $16,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

mary kay shelton

Amount Raised

$450

Donor Comments

Robin L. Duncan

Robin L. Duncan

DONATION: $40

3 years ago

Mike and Julie Murphy

Mike and Julie Murphy

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Paul and Irene Murphy

Paul and Irene Murphy

DONATION: $75

3 years ago

Pat & Mary Altieri

Pat & Mary Altieri

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Cindy Pivarnik

Cindy Pivarnik

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Sheree Little

Sheree Little

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Al and Claudia Ohler

Al and Claudia Ohler

DONATION: $100

We love you Bernie! 3 years ago

Donna Daniels

Donna Daniels

DONATION: $20

I hope you have a successful campaign and get your new van, Bernie! 3 years ago

David Dornacker

David Dornacker

DONATION: $100

For a great man and fellow AV8R, Bernie Domann. 3 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $200

Matthew 6:3 3 years ago

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