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I have been suffering from hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), a progressive degenerative neurological disorder affecting mostly legs causing stiffness and hence walking and balance problems, since 2003. At the moment, there is no cure to reverse the disease. However, some treatments are available to relieve the symptoms. I am starting my PhD program in Information Systems at the UNCG in the Fall term of 2016. In order to enhance my accessibility during the day, I am planning to buy a handicapped accessible van with an automatic side ramp that allows my mobility scooter to enter into and exit from the van. I will drive the van with hand controls for accelerator and brake. The price of these vans amount to $60K at most. However, the used ones might be less than $40K depending on the mileage and model year. I can pay maximum $15K, but the remainder would be almost impossible for me to afford for. Graduate assistantship stipend is not sufficient to save money. If you can help me to raise this money, I will have the opportunity to move actively, generate more effective and efficient works and publications during my PhD program and help my wife run errands and reduce her increased load due to my inactivity.

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