A friend of mine, D’Arcee Neal, who is handicapped, was housesitting for a friend last night in NW when someone STOLE his wheelchair. He now has no way to get around and there’s a fundraising page up now to help him purchase a new chair.”
Ed. Note: I asked how the chair was stolen and was told:
“D’Arcee was housesitting in Logan Circle and got back to the house around 12:30 a.m. Because the condo he was housesitting in had stairs he had to leave the chair outside and crawl to get inside.
Workers next door arrived at 6AM and the chair which had been outside was gone so they think the window is about 1-6AM that it could have happened. The chair itself costs about $4,750 dollars so it’s like someone’s car being stolen. A police report has been filed at this time but at this point we just want to highlight the issue and get him a new chair. It’s so sad.”
The Gofundme fundraising page says:
“In late June, my good friend D’Arcee had his wheelchair stolen in a residential area of Northwest DC. This particular chair was a lightweight, more expensive model, so you can imagine the financial burden my friend now faces.
I don’t know what it feels like to have your mobility taken away from you, but I imagine that even though he’s a strong, vibrant individual, he feels violated. As his friends and family, we can come together to show him that we love and support him by funding his new chair. Thank you for your contribution–anything helps!”