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Help Ben; a 25-year-old man with Muscular Dystrophy live independently! He need to move from a group home to a home of his own.

I am Ben Shaw; a 25-year-old man with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).  I am currently trying to move out of a Kansas City, Missouri area group home where I’m extremely miserable.  I use an electric wheelchair to get around and need everything done for me since I’m unable to move my body.  I also must use a respiratory ventilator around-the-clock because I’ve lost the ability/strength to breathe independently as well. 


My Father wanted my Mother to get an abortion when they found out she was pregnant because he didn’t want any more children; he only had 1 at the time.  However my Mother changed her mind on the way to the abortion clinic and decided to keep me; I am enormously grateful for that decision.  I was then diagnosed with DMD around the age of 3; then my Father and Stepmother gained custody of me around the age of 7, and kept custody until I turned 18.  I then decided to move in to a group home after I graduated high school, and I knew I’d made the worst decision as soon as I moved in; I wish I could go back and change my horrible decision.


Luckily so I can move out of the group home and in to a home of my own the state has agreed to pay for the 24/7 care I require; I have to pay for everything else besides my care, and that’s why I need your donations because I have no money besides my Social Security Income.  I need money to furnish my entire apartment/house, get adaptive bathing/toileting equipment, get an adaptive computer system to be able to control my home environment and call for help in case of an emergency, regular household items and supplies, a gently used wheelchair accessible van, and many more needed items.


After I get my own place I would love to get a job, and help as many people as I can.  The main people I want to help are all the disabled people who struggle to pay for things they need.  I also want to help abused women and children, the elderly, the hungry and poor, the homeless, and anybody that needs help. I need to impact the world in a positive way, and leave my mark on the world as well.


I am asking for your help the only way I know how to, so please help me by donating any amount of money you can.




Ben Shaw



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