Stalling Family

Raising Funds for an Accessible Van

Cory Stalling (23) is from Missoula, Montana, and is currently navigating a life with a Duchenne muscular dystrophy diagnosis. His parents, Christine and David, live nearby and assist Cory when needed. Duchenne is a progressive neuromuscular disorder that causes a loss of motor, pulmonary, and cardiac function.

Cory has lived with roommates in an apartment for four years at the University of Montana, living independently with obstacles that come with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He majors in Environmental Studies. “It can be difficult to adjust to things without my parents at school, but I have people who can help when I need it,” says Cory. He most enjoys trying new coffee shops, attending school events, and being outdoors. Cory identifies himself as a “foodie” who loves to cook and try new dishes as well as write poetry.

A major challenge for Cory as he navigates an independent life is transportation. The Stalling Family does not have an appropriate vehicle to rely on for visiting each other, attending medical appointments, or transporting Cory during daily activities. Currently, Cory’s parents must lift him in and out of their car then take apart his manual wheelchair to fit into their vehicle, which is not safe as his power chair provides more stability and independence.

Cory shares, “I am often late to appointments or have to reschedule them because I don’t have the correct transportation. School is also very important to me, so having a safe way of getting to and from campus would help my family a lot.”

As participants in Jett Foundation’s Accessible Vehicle Fund branch of the Jett Giving Fund, the Stalling Family will aim to raise half or more of the funds needed for their accessible vehicle before Jett Foundation steps in to cover the remaining costs and purchase the vehicle outright.

You can help Cory attain the freedom and independence he deserves by contributing toward his fundraising goal below!

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.

Support the Stalling family with a donation today!




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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