Funds sought to buy wheelchair

Tammy Chizek, a resident of Parkside Homes in Hillsboro, has multiple sclerosis, and because her disease is advancing, she needs another type of electric wheelchair to assist in her mobility.

DeVona Roble, a licensed occupational therapist in Hillsboro and one of the fundraising organizers, said without this new wheelchair, Chizek?s safety is being jeopardized on a daily basis.

?(Tammy), who is in her 50s, does not have the postural support she needs, which requires a more expensive wheelchair,? Roble said.

She also offered an example of how Chizek?s postural deformity affects even the simplest of tasks.

?While brushing her teeth,? Roble said, ?she was using her arms to support her, but she fell forward with her head in the sink.?

Although help arrived immediately, the possibility of a serious fall brings more urgency to the situation.

Jump-starting the fundraising campaign, the Mid-America Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society has pledged $1,400 toward the wheelchair, but Roble said it depends on whether the campaign can come up with the remaining $12,600.

So far, the local Lions Club is planning to help and Thursday, July 22, all proceeds from the Farmers? Market dinner will benefit Chizek.

A baseball tournament fundraiser is being organized by Chaz Briscoe, certified occupational therapist assistant in Hillsboro.

The date for the tournament has not yet been set, she said.

?We are trying to bring more attention to Tammy?s situation,? Roble said, ?by including the community for those who would like to donate.?

The fundraising project is just getting started, she said.

Roble said she hopes the community will consider attending one or more of the fundraising events planned or make a donation to help Chizek gain more mobility with the aid of the newer wheelchair.

Chizek?s daughter, Meagan, will be a senior at Hillsboro High School this fall.

Her mother is hoping to have a little more independence by then so that she can attend the graduation ceremony in May.

?Our target is the spring of 2011 to have the money needed,? Roble said.

National Seating and Mobility in Wichita is the company that evaluated Chizek?s condition and has the wheelchair she needs.

The company, Roble said, is willing to hold the funds until enough is acquired for the wheelchair.

If someone would like to donate, checks may be sent to: National Seating and Mobility, 1635 E. 37th North, Suite 5, Wichita, KS 67219.

For more information, call Roble at 620-947-1635.

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