Greetings, and Happy Friday!
The stories of determination and hope that we receive from the field always bring me joy. It is amazing to me what the gift of a wheelchair can do. Li’s story is no different:
Born in Henan, China, Li struggled through most of his childhood. He and his family lived in extreme poverty and often were unable to put food on the table. When he became old enough, he immediately went to work, determined to work any job that would help take care of the family. After years of hard work and multiple jobs, Li was able to financially care for himself – eventually buying a home and starting his own family.
Unfortunately, at the age of 33, Li was involved in a terrible car accident that resulted in the loss of both legs. He knew that his life and the life of his family was forever changed and he wrestled with how to move forward. The accident prohibited Li from working so the family began to struggle financially, much like he had as a child. For the next 16 years Li dreamed of a wheelchair so that he would be able to get out of bed and help alleviate some of his family’s burden.
In December, Li was given the surprise a lifetime; his very own GEN_1 wheelchair. He sat in disbelief as staff from Country Disabled Person’s Federation brought the gift to his home and offered it to him, free of charge. As Li was placed into his wheelchair, a rare smile appeared on his face and his wife, standing beside him, couldn’t help but weep with joy. Li had dreamed this day would come, but had begun to lose hope. Li was excited for what the future would hold for him and his family.
Li was almost out of hope but a simple wheelchair changed everything. Thank you for providing the gift of mobility to people in need.