Daniels Family

Fundraising for an Accessible Van

Meet the Daniels Family of Macon, Georgia. The Daniels are a family of eleven facing the many challenges of having two family members diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Jacob (18) and James (22) have grown into adults but are limited in capabilities due to a lack of safe and accessible transportation. Vehicle modifications for accessibility have a large financial barrier.

Duchenne is a progressive neuromuscular disorder that causes a loss of motor, pulmonary, and cardiac function.

The boys’ parents, Jimmy and Stacy, work full time to support their children and family expenses. Their children who are not diagnosed with Duchenne assist their two brothers the best they can while also working and taking classes. In addition to Duchenne, Jacob suffers from severe autism and James has an unhealed fracture in his femur.

Stacy, the boys’ mother, says, “The only means of transportation available to James is public transportation. James cannot safely transfer to a vehicle seat. As for Jacob, I have to lift him into our vehicle, then break down the wheelchair and pack it into the van to bring it with us. We also do not want to injure or re-injure them by any means.”

James is studying Public Relations at the University of Georgia but has resorted to online class modules due to an inability to live on campus independently. Jacob attends access classes at Howard High School. The Daniels look forward to bringing James to important events on campus and attending group activities as a family once fundraising is complete for their accessible vehicle. “I would love to take them back and forth to school and give them freedom to get in the car and go places,” says Stacy.

The family found Jett Foundation through Family Workshops and Facebook groups, and have stayed connected over the years in hopes of obtaining accessible transportation one day. As participants in Jett Foundation’s Accessible Vehicle Fund branch of the Jett Giving Fund, the Daniels Family will aim to raise half the funds needed, or more, for their accessible vehicle before Jett Foundation steps in to cover the remaining costs and purchase.

Help James and Jacob attain freedom and independence! Please consider donating to the Daniels Family’s Jett Giving Fund fundraiser today.

All donations to Jett Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed under applicable law and is an unrestricted contribution to the Jett Giving Fund. The family is working to raise half the funds needed for their van or more; when they reach their goal, Jett Foundation will cover the remaining costs and coordinate purchase and delivery of the vehicle. Please note that your contribution will be combined with other Jett Giving Fund donations to ensure that each of the children in the Jett Giving Fund initiative benefit from your generosity.


About Jett Giving Fund’s Accessible Vehicle Fund

Jett Giving Fund is Jett Foundation’s financial assistance program for families impacted by Duchenne muscular dystrophy who are in need of accessible vehicles or emergency support. As part of the Accessible Vehicle Fund, families fundraise half the funds needed or more for an accessible vehicle, and Jett Foundation covers the remaining costs once they reach their goal. 

If other resources have already been used to meet a specific need, if there is no longer a specific need, and/or if donations have been received in excess of a specific need, donations made in furtherance of a specific need will be applied for general purposes of the Jett Giving Fund. If the Jett Giving Fund no longer exists, all donations will be applied to further the general charitable mission of Jett Foundation.

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