One of the first people I ever helped achieve a dream from their list was a man called Mark who although a quadriplegic, dreamed of completing a half marathon. It was one of the best moments of my life pushing him across the finish line in his wheelchair and one of the best parts was that I was joined by a group of complete strangers to help push him too!
Mark now needs our help again.
Mark was completely able-bodied until the age of 30 when whilst backpacking through Greece he was bitten by a tick and instantly contracted Lymes Disease. As a result, Mark lost his ability to move as well as his ability to speak. Mark now needs a 24 hour care team and sleeps connected to a ventilator that keeps him alive at night. Needless to say Mark has been through a lot but still fights on courageously.
I’m proud to say that Mark and I have remained good friends and when in Melbourne I try and visit him as often as possible. Living in a care facility with next to no freedom, I spoke with Mark recently and told me that he was ready to achieve his next dream. I asked what and he simply said;
“My Freedom Van!”
The Freedom Van is Mark’s way out. It’s a van that will allow him to travel with mobile medical care for his high needs. The only things bigger than Mark’s physical hurdles are his imagination and drive and I for one am inspired to help.
As a good friend of Mark’s I’m also asking whether you’d like to as well.
The Freedom Van will cost $40,000 and full details of Mark’s campaign can be seen on his page HERE.
So far he’s raised almost $5,000 and I’m positive that with the right support we’ll be able to get across the line.
If you’d like to help all the donation details can be found on his PAGE and if you’d like to contact me or him directly please do so via email@example.com.
HELP MARK NOW
I think we all have the ability and desire to help people in need but sometimes we just don’t know how to find them. Well here is an opportunity that I really hope we can make work.
Well done Mark for being brave enough to ask for help and thanks in advance to those who are able to help.
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