Keep Mark Moving
Organized by: Sarosh Motivala
I have known Mark for more than 15 years. We have volunteered together on a project my dad started with his friends, to make and distribute food to people living in Downtown LA every Sunday morning. Mark has been helping consistently and even now, despite the fact he is using a non-powered wheelchair he still makes the trip Downtown EVERY week. Here's Mark's story.
Hello, my name is Mark Williams and I hope after reading my story that God puts it on your heart to help me. First I will give a little background on why I need the power chair and then I will bring it up to date. In 1989 I contracted spinal tuberculosis. It was misdiagnosed as sarcoyds disease. After treating me with steroids it allowed the tuberculosis to run rampant. The results were I had to have the thoracic spine fusion in July of 1990 and a C-3 to C-5 cervical spine fusion in August of 1990. Because of the cervical spine surgery in August of 1990, I had to have a C-6 to T-1 spinal fusion because it had deteriorated from having the previous cervical spine fusion sitting on top of it. That cervical spine fusion was done in April 2005 after that Medicare gave me a power chair. Every 5 to 6 years they did give me a new power chair to the one they had given me before wore out.
Now we bring it up to the present. In July of 2013 Medicare purchased another power chair for me. On October 29th 2013 I was hit by an SUV making a left turn from South Santa Monica Boulevard. Although I had the green light and a walk sign in the crosswalk I was hit anyway. The accident sent me to the hospital for three and a half days and it also destroyed my power chair. Also I'm wearing a neck brace that have to continue to wear until I'm able to get a power chair. That being the case my quality of life has suffered tremendously.
I am asking if God puts it on your heart to help me to be able to get another power chair. Your help will be greatly appreciated and it will allow me some
sense of normalcy in my life.
Thank you in advance, Mark Williams