Donated van helps needy family
Garrett Walker isn’t just excited because his new van will get him to the doctor. He’s most excited because its going to help him go fishing.
Walker, and his wife Sue-Anne, were the recipients of free modified van from Mediquip Wednesday afternoon.
The used 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan was donated by the Musgrave family to Mediquip who made more than $1,000 in repairs to turn the van into useable condition. Superior Auto Body donated labor and materials and Glass Pros installed a new windshield.
The modified inner van by Braun has a lower floor with a ramp making it wheelchair accessible.
Garrett, who has had many strokes and other health issues, has difficulty walking. His wife is unable to lift a wheelchair and cannot work as her husband requires constant care. They live on a financially fixed income.
Through tears, she read an application she wrote to Mediquip explaining why her family needed the van. Garrett rubbed her back as she spoke.
She explained that it was hard for her to take Garrett to his numerous doctor and therapy appointments on her own.
“This is just wonderful, we have freedom now,” Sue-Anne said.
Garrett added that he can’t wait to go fishing on the Grand Mesa — maybe even a trip to get frozen yogurt was in their future.
“The possibilities are endless,” Sue-Anne said with a laugh.
Mediquip, 215 S. 15th St., is an affiliate of Mobility Auto Center who modifies and installs wheelchair ramps, hand controls and mobility securement systems. They hope to give a van to someone on a monthly basis, said Dennis Lopas, shop manager. For more information, visit http://www.yourmobilityfreedom.com.