Motorized Wheelchair Bike for Jim & Sue Machan

$17,740 of $17,500 goal

Raised by 203 people in 4 months
Created May 7, 2019
My parents Jim and Sue Machan used to be avid adventurers, going to the far reaches of the globe.  A little over 10 years ago, this all changed as a wound on my dad's foot incurred on a hiking trip never healed properly due to a bone tumor. 

It resulted in the amputation of his leg. He was fitted with a prosthetic.  Despite that, he was still able to play the organ and they were still able to travel - though a bit more limited. 

One of the things they enjoyed most at home was the simple bicycle ride. When the amputation happened, they invested in a recumbent bicycle for Jim. 

Over time, more complications have come about, leaving my dad wheelchair-bound and bed-ridden. They are no longer able to adventure, they are mostly confined to their condo, and they miss the simple joy of taking bike rides together. 

Recently, the Van Raam company out of The Netherlands has created an incredible piece of equipment - the VeloPlus motorized wheelchair bicycle. They do have US distributors. The VeloPlus allows an able-bodied person to take a wheelchair-bound person in a tandem ride. The motorization allows for assistance in this process. Here is a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYZhdJFvcoo&feature=youtu.be

Unfortunately, the VeloPlus is not inexpensive. All of the components and shipping comes in just over $12,000. We are asking for more to accommodate the fees incurred from GoFundMe, and just in case the original quote is missing any items. Any remaining funds will be used to purchase a trailer and hitch to transport the bike. 

Both my parents were music teachers. The number of lives they have touched is rather remarkable. When talking to my dad, he still remembers many of the names, what part they sang, what solos they may have had, and even where they sat! 

Being teachers is not lucrative, and they do not have the funds to do this on their own. Please help me get the VeloPlus to bring some simple joy to my parents lives. We appreciate anything you can do to help. 

Ideally, we would love to deliver this on his birthday on June 27, 2019. 

Thank you!
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Exciting news - the trailer is in... and the bike is in, too!!

We will send photos soon!
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Holy smokes - really?! Fully funded.

You all are amazing.

THANK YOU seems so inadequate.
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Hi everybody -

We are just under $1000 to go!!

Look for us on Milwaukee's CBS 58 this Sunday, Sept. 1 on CBS Sunday Morning, which starts at 7am. Thank you to reporter Brittany Lewis for coming out to visit!

Please continue to share; help out if you are able. WE ARE SO CLOSE!!

Thank you!
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Hello, everyone! We are nearing the end of this journey, and we are coming up on some important dates in our timeline.

The trailer for the bike is set to be complete in the next 10 days. And that means we are within sight of the bike's arrival sometime in September.

Sue has already been in contact with ACAP in Waukesha, an organization which helps provide opportunities to people with disabilities. She intends to offer rides to members of the Waukesha community which has so generously given so much to this endeavor. The opportunity to give back is very important to her!

We are just under $1100 remaining to help with the cost of the trailer as well as reimburse Sue for the installation cost of the trailer hitch on their vehicle.

Please contribute if you can toward this FINAL amount. There will be no more stretch goals - THIS IS IT!

As always, THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed so far. We are so very grateful and humbled by your generosity.

Please continue to share the campaign!
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$17,740 of $17,500 goal

Raised by 203 people in 4 months
Created May 7, 2019
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