roy's van fund
Posted in the Wakefield Forum
#1 Aug 15, 2006
WATCH FOR FUND RAISING EVENTS TO HELP ROY MUSSATTI BUY A HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE VAN -
Mussatti hasn't used his mechanic's tools in more than two years.
On Feb. 7, 2004, a back-country, free-style snowmobile jump ended with Mussatti's sled landing on him. he spent nine more months at Courage Center, also in Minneapolis. Courage Center, a not-for-profit rehabilitation organization, aims to "empower people with phyhsicial disabilities to reach their full potential in every aspect of life," according to its Web site.
"Before the C5 spinal cord injury, Mussatti was a mechanic for Wayne Nasi Construction of Hurley, Wis.
He is a member of the EXCON Freeride snowmobile team, outdoor enthusiasts who push themselves and their machines to the limit, according to their Web site, exconfreeride.com .
A daredevil who once drove snowmobiles off 20-foot cliffs in the Wyoming wilderness, Mussatti now worried about falling forward out of the wheelchair three feet to the floor.
"I'm not going to heal any more," he said. Progress means "getting better with what I've got to work with."
Man Needs a Van
Last fall, Mussatti started taking courses at Gogebic Community College in computer aided drafting.
He estimates the two-year program will take him three years to complete, due to transportation issues.
He relies on the Gogebic County Transit blue bus, family and friends to get around. Morning classes are out, because it takes him a while to get up and going, even with the assistance of home health aides. The bus schedule rules out evening classes.
Mussatti needs a specially equipped van to build on the independent living he started at Courage Center.
Unlike his off-roads pickup, which requires a lift in from friends. accessible vans have a door that opens automatically. A ramp lowers, the driver wheels onto the ramp, which lifts the chair into position in the van. The chair locks into place and, using hand controls, the driver is on his way to doctor appointments and college classes day or night.
Mussatti's EXCON Freeriders teammates have started a drive to raise $18,000 for a van.
Lorrie Ecklund, mother of one of Mussatti's friends, admires his courage and determination.
"He has accomplished remarkable things since his accident, more than was predicted he would ever be able to do," she wrote in an e-mail. "He has the most wonderful attitude. Most of us do not realize the challenges faced by someone in his situation -- things we take for granted."
#2 Aug 15, 2006
check out pictures and news about Roy on the Excon web site:
In February of 2004, EXCON Freeride Team member Roy Mussatti was injured in a riding accident. Roy was left paralyzed from the mid-chest down, and moved to Minneapolis for rehabilitation. After working very hard during rehab and exceeding all of the doctors expectations for him, Roy moved back to Wakefield late last fall.
Now Roy is going to attend Gogebic Community College in Ironwood for CAD. Transportation has become a major issue for Roy being able to get to school and just overall becoming more independant.
We are asking that you consider donating to Roy's cause to help him reach the goal of buying a handicap accessible vehicle.
Please send donations to:
Roy Mussatti Donations
c/o Gogebic County Credit Union
600 W Lead St.
Bessemer, MI 49911
Or you can make a donation of any amount using PayPal. Note: You don't need a PayPal account to donate using a major credit card.
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