Disabled Floydada Man Needs Help Finding Wheelchair Van

Tony Powell has been searching for a wheelchair van for months and just when he thinks he has one, it does not work out.

By: Meredith Hillgartner

LUBBOCK, TX-Glenna Powell needs more money for her son Tony.

Tony was born with cerebral palsy and is a spastic quadriplegic.

That means Tony spends his life in his wheelchair.

“He has just been holding his own, hanging in there,” Powell said.

In August, Tony started a fundraiser so he could buy a wheelchair van for his 33rd birthday.

KLBK came out and did a story about it, and Powell said the donations started rolling in.

“We were able to raise about 2800 dollars,” Powell said.

 Then they stopped.

Finally in November Powell found a van, but it had some motor issues.

And the second one they found was not any better.

“It didn’t look good, it didn’t run good and they wanted $3,000 for it,” Powell said. “My sister who is in Terrell, which is close to Dallas, her and her husband have been looking and they have found some but not for the money that we have.”

In February Powell will get his motorized wheelchair, and they still have a wheelchair lift waiting for them in New Mexico once they get a van.

Powell said the puzzle is falling into place they just need their last piece.

“We have restarted the donation site hoping to raise a little bit more,” Powell said. 

Tony wants to raise at least $5,000. 

If you would like to make a donation you can visit Tony's fundraising website here:  https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/b3l3/anthony-powell-s-new-wheelchair-van

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