Notes from our PALS
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“Thanks to Amanda, Kelly, O.J., Chanda, and everyone at the Brigance Brigade Foundation for the grant which paid for the lift feature to my new motorized wheelchair. This lift feature lifts me up to aid in transferring in and out of the wheelchair. My wheelchair has allowed me to do many things that I was unable to do in the past 2 years. I am able to independently travel to my garden, enjoy a fire at the fire pit, go on walks along the avenue with my family, and has basically made many more things possible.”
-Dave G, Maryland
Dave was a teacher and lacrosse coach prior to his ALS diagnosis. His wife and caregiver needs a double hip replacement so in addition to bringing Dave joy, the new lift function will also help his wife with activities of daily living – transfers to the shower, restroom and bed, assisting with personal care, etc. Dave says the smile hasn’t left his face since he received the chair.
They help with the cost of my personal care, but more importantly they give me the courage and inspiration to live each day to the fullest.
“My family and I wish to express our sincere gratitude to the Brigance Brigade Foundation for providing us with a grant that allowed my husband to receive skilled nursing services. The grant provided my husband skilled nursing care for 8 hours a day, 2 days a week, from May 19 to August 18. While the skilled nurse cared for my husband, I was able to take a couple of hours to get some rest, run errands, keep my doctor’s appointments, and spend time with my children.
The Brigance Brigade Foundation is doing a wonderful job, making skilled nursing services available to families dealing with ALS, a terrible disease that I would not wish to my worst enemy. Worst still, medical science does not know the exact cause, and there is currently no known cure. I encourage anybody that cares about fellow human beings to make a generous donation to the Foundation to enable it provide more services to families dealing with this horrible disease.”
“It’s been life changing to be getting a grant; we wouldn’t be able to exist without it. [Through our home health services, a caregiver] can help come in, give her baths, and get her up at least five days a week. We pay her out of [the Brigance Brigade’s patient service] money. She is a super caregiver and really great. Without the Foundation’s help, we’d be at a nursing home or someplace similar and we would be separated. This grant has kept us together. The Brigance Brigade helps people that can’t help themselves. God bless everyone who works there.”