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Ashley’s Story

At nine years of age Ashley lost her ability to walk. Her parents renovated the first floor of the family home to allow her access to the kitchen, her bedroom and the bathroom. The project depleted the family’s resources and energy, but Ashley was still in need of a stair-lift to access the upper floor of the house and a manual wheelchair to use once she got there.

Ashley’s family applied for assistance from the Community Services Fund for the stair-lift and the Equipment Program for her manual wheelchair. With the help of Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s programs, Ashley once again had access to her entire house.

“My family would like to extend our deepest thanks and gratitude to Muscular Dystrophy Canada and your supporters for your generous financial contribution towards our son’s new power wheelchair… He can handle his chair with ease and uses it at school and in our community. It has made his declining mobility less of an issue. He is gaining independence and happy to ‘drive’ himself. Thank you so much.“

– Parent of Equipment Program Recipient

“Muscular Dystrophy Canada was so helpful in directing us on where to get funding for all of the specialized equipment Matthew needed following his hospital stay, including a cough assist machine and a bi-pap machine. Without this equipment, my son wouldn’t have been allowed to come home.”

– Melana Palmer, mother of 8-year-old Matthew who has muscular dystrophy

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