Minnesota Mom Raises $8K To Replace Daughter’s Stolen Wheelchair
A St. Paul mother created a GoFundMe page for her daughter who had her wheelchair stolen from their driveway.
Andrea's daughter, Bobbi, has cerebral palsy and underwent orthopedic surgery back in November of 2018. According to the GoFundMe page, everyday when it is nice, Bobbi practicing walking with her walker on the path in front of her home. While doing this, Bobbi parks her chair at the bottom of our driveway, transfers to her walker and goes to the end of the block and back. On Wednesday (April 22nd) while walking, someone stole her wheel chair from the end of the driveway. With out her wheelchair, Bobbi would not be able to get around on her own or even get in and out of her bed. The chair was special made for Bobbi.
We are in the very early stages of looking into whether or not her medical insurance will cover the cost of a replacement chair, but typically, chairs are only covered once every five years and her chair was only three years old.
Due to the hoops that one would have to jump though to get a new custom chair, even with medical insurance, Bobbi's mom, Andrea created a GoFundMe page to help raise $6,500 to get a new wheelchair for Bobbi on their own. In less than 24 hours after the Page was created, the goal of $6,500 was met and was even surpassed at the time of writing this story. The total amount raised was $8,100 from 193 donors. Andrea provided a follow up on the GoFundMe page sharing her thanks with everyone who donated.
Phew. What a day! It’s hard to believe that we met our goal (and then some!) in less than 24 hours!! Thank you to all of you for sharing your support of our daughter in this! Our heads have been spinning as we’ve been trying to process all of the information and the many many kind offers of help beyond the financial stuff.
Andrea shared on the GoFundMe page in an update that Bobbi's new chair will be bright red, her color of choice!