Letters of Appreciation
Wayne wanted to send you a letter thanking you again for the grant money [we got for the] van conversion. He has the freedom and the visibility to go and see whatever he wants. He can’t believe how much things have changed in 10 years since his accident. He really appreciates the freedom and doesn’t have the words to express how much this means to him. He is teary eyed right now and can’t believe how much you miss when you don’t see things for awhile.
I am not overstating this, he says it’s like a second chance at life. People don’t realize what it’s like to see when going down the road. Imagine just seeing 20-30 feet around your vehicle when traveling. He was only able to tell where we were by bridges or changes in the road in front of the old van. Now he can see everything. Wayne loves it.
Thanks again, Wayne and Pat
Dear Travis Roy Foundation,
I’m so very happy for awarded me the grant. This money will be extremely helpful making our home accessible. My kids been help carrying me daily up and down the stairs to have dinner with them, spending quality time with family, and cooking. I love to cook for my family. When we do have chair lift in the house I can access around my house without waiting or asking for help. I’m so happy and there’s no words to express how I feel, I’m so humble by your generosity.
Our lives were turned upside down about a year ago, but we are slowly getting our lives back on track and we are looking forward to the future. We realized that we are blessed to have such a strong support during a very difficult time. Your love and support is sincerely appreciated. Please know your generosity and kindness will never be forgotten. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
The Le Family – Vu, Honghoa, Donvu, Danvu, & Kim
You have done so much for me that it’s hard to put into words how grateful I am. My life has changed drastically in the last few months [since I was granted hand controls and installation by your foundation].
When I first applied for the grant, I was in a ‘predicament’. I needed to finish school so I could get a job. However, I couldn’t get to (or afford to pay for) school without a car (and job) which put me in a never ending loop.
Not just that but I had lost one of my friends earlier the year before (one that drove me around sometimes), my mother was unable to help me out in that regard because of her deteriorating health and my father just had surgery and was no longer able to handle the wheelchair. I was basically a prisoner in my own home (I live in a very rural area). And getting rides to simple doctor’s appointments became a giant stressor in my life.
The grant couldn’t have come at a better time. Just a week before I was awarded the grant for my hand controls, my mother passed away. You must understand, my mother took care of everything for my father. Since she passed, I have been handed the baton of taking complete care of my father. He’s 76 years old and I never realized how helpless he was without my mother. If it wasn’t for the generosity of The Travis Roy Foundation, I don’t know what we would have done. I am currently taking my dad (and myself) to doctor’s appointments, I am grocery shopping, working part time and volunteering at a local nursing home. And I can now afford to take one class a semester. It’s not much to most people but means the world to me.
Unfortunately, it’s been a very tough summer. I lost my mother, a pretty good friend (fellow paraplegic), an uncle and just last week, an aunt. Fortunately, I was able to pay my respects and help those in need. All things I wouldn’t have been able to do without the ability to drive.
Thank-you very much Travis Roy Foundation, what you’re doing not only changes but also saves lives.
Dear Travis Roy Foundation,
Dear Sirs and Madams
I’m writing this note to express how grateful I’m for having receiving your charitable gift which is a new laptop computer. In fact, it is more than a computer that I got. It is the materialization of the love and care of the noble Travis Roy Foundation towards vulnerable people.
Happiness is an understatement!
Thanks so much!
Dear Travis Roy Foundation,
We are truly grateful for your commitment and dedication to helping family’s like ours who are adapting and living fully in the setting of a spinal cord injury. On October 27, 2012, we were stunned with the unimaginable, a football injury resulting in a catastrophic spinal cord injury to our son, Sterling Thomas. We found ourselves in need of your support and you came through for us.
With your grant of $2467, a shower chair has been purchased and delivered to Sterling. Thanks to you, Sterling is able to luxuriate in what most of us take for granted…a steamy, warm shower! Yes, Sterling is glad to have a shower chair which allows him to perform his personal care with greater independence and dignity.
Again, thank you, Travis Roy Foundation, so much for helping Sterling and our family to “Move Forward”.
Sterling Thomas and family
Thank you for awarding me this amazing grant for a computer. I am very excited to receive it in the next few weeks and be able to independently do school work. I am very excited that I will have some assistive technology to help me maneuver the computer so that I can be successful in completing my work. Having this computer will help me be one step closer in achieving my goal to becoming an accessibility and sustainability consultant in the design field. Thank you!
At this time around Thanksgiving, we are reminded of all the blessings we’ve received thru the year….. The greatest blessing was the grant given to my brother Karl Seitz, from your generous Foundation. He is loving the amazing computer he recently received. It will allow him to communicate with his doctors to keep them updated in his daily care. Most of all, it connects him to the bigger world and he will be able to feel productive and less isolated.
“We” thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You are an angel sent from above to help others in need.
I just broke down in tears, the happiest tears out of any of my daily tears over the past 6 months. Please extent mine, and my sister’s enormous gratitude to the foundation. I don’t even know what to say, I’m very taken back in relief, tears and overwhelmed that someone is going to help her. God Bless You and The Foundation – please let me them know that gratitude isn’t a big enough word, there are no words.
It’s 7p.m. CDT and I AM SPEECHLESS. God bless you and the Board and I may have understated just how much of a “blessing” this is. I have slept on a recliner since my accident and the last time I tried a mattress was when forced to evacuate during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. I laid down for perhaps an hour and had to sleep in the motel chair. THANK YOU so much and I should overcome this shock by tomorrow and will work on new estimates to keep the price at or under $700. I will be in touch with you before Thursday and thank you again. I thought the Board had voted by now and had given up hope.
OMNI Behavioral Health wishes to thank the Travis Roy Foundation for the generous grant to help install a wheelchair ramp for an individual we work with in the small rural town of Ithaca Nebraska. With the new ramp, which will be installed next week, he will be able to enjoy more activities with his family and regular trips to church and out to eat, and attend his regular doctor appointments in Omaha. In the next few weeks I am sure you will be hearing from his guardian and other family members also about the newly installed ramp. We appreciate the fact that there are organizations that are willing to support the disabled individuals in our nation to live their lives fully and completely to the best of their ability. Thank-you for allowing this to be accomplished in a timely manner.
Deborah Monfelt BFA, MFA, Extended Family Home Coordinator
We are sooooo appreciative of the grant to help us out with the ceiling lift. It is truly so much help for me when I am putting Bill in the bed at night, and getting him up in the morning. He weighs around 250 and even though we transfer on a slide board I am doing at least 60% of the work. The lift makes it so much easier.
Thank you and the Travis Roy family and Foundation. What a wonderful gift you are giving.
Love, Susie Gurley
Dear Travis Roy Foundation:
Thank you for the Grant for the Dell Computer. I just wanted to share with you what the grant will do for me and my future. First I would like to give you a little background on myself. I have been paralyzed from a swimming accident since June of 1990 and I have worked extremely hard to not let my paralysis dictate my life, or my dreams, for that matter. I have two children that I had after my accident. I have a daughter Britt she is 15 this upcoming April and my son Tyler is turning 12 Feb 13th. They are the reason I keep fighting the fight so to speak.
I have been successful at virtually everything I have set my mind to doing from raising my children to working countless hours at my previous corporate career with AT&T. I believe each and every one of us has what it takes to accomplish the dreams we have. I decided to go to school after being laid off during the rough economy. I had numerous setbacks that financially put me in a position that I was not sure if I could afford to go to college. I realized that I needed some help to get through the temporary issues. So I started researching and came across your foundation and it has truly been a blessing. I will be able to complete my education in a timely manner and continue to support my family. Thank you again for having such a wonderful foundation. If there is anything I can ever do in the future for the foundation please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Sincerely, Jason Lindahl
Many thanks to Travis Roy and to each of the trustees of this extraordinary foundation for your dedication to helping improve the lives of so many. I am a recent beneficiary of your kindness and generosity, having received a grant to purchase a standing frame, which will undoubtedly have profoundly positive effects on my physical and psychological health.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.
Hello Travis Roy Foundation, I want to thank you for everything your Foundation has done for me. I have the best computer set-up anybody could ask for. I get compliments from visitors walking by my room. Thanks again.
I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the Travis Roy Foundation for the generous grant awarded to me. Because of this grant I am on my way to a more independent life!
To the Travis Roy Foundation
We write to express our appreciation and gratefulness on behalf of Ed and Carol Gregory. Ed is a quadriplegic cared for at home by his wife Carol since 2009. The Foundation approved the purchase of a $2100 shower chair in Dec 2011. The chair is a God-send and makes it immensely easier to bathe Ed and keep him clean. When told of your approval of the chair, he said, “You mean I can now get a shower?” Since sponge baths has been his lot for two years and more, he was elated, as was Carol. So thanks to your donors for opening their hearts and wallets to those who suffer and are in great need. Thanks to the Board for choosing Ed as a recipient of not-enough-funds to go around for the many requests from which you must choose. Thanks to your very helpful and efficient staff which interfaces with the public. God bless you all beautifully.
Dear Travis Roy Foundation,
I am writing to you all at the Travis Roy Foundation to express my sincere and deepest appreciation for your help fixing my kitchen.
The difference you made in my daily life is so incredible and my life has become much easier. There really are no proper words except on the bottom of your stationery “Helping others move Forward”. I have to say that does say a lot and you all have given me a chance to move forward and be so much more independent.
I will forever be grateful and will send you photographs in a a few weeks.
To the Travis Roy Foundation!
Thank you for the grant to help me be able to get my new wheelchair! Ya’ll are a life saver….
Dear Travis Roy and Foundation,
I would like to thank you for your kind and generous grants I applied for in 2011. Your grants allow me to live as independently as I can. My new computer is running and my environmental control unit in my apartment is just great. Also the grant for my new wheelchair necessities has allowed me to get rid of my broken and unrepairable wheelchair.
To the Trustees of the Travis Roy Foundation and staff:
As we all gather for Christmas and the New Year with family and friends, I will be reflecting on all that brings meaning and joy to my life. I will be thinking of all the new friends that I have made through my new life’s journey. I want you to know that I am so proud and grateful to the Travis Roy Foundation for the great gift to help me continue my new life. This door opener will allow me to get in and out of my house by myself, and let me have more freedom then before. The Travis Roy Foundation has gone above and beyond by helping people get back to a better level of life.
At this time of the year, we have been taught that it’s “better to give then to receive”. I have always been a giver, but this is one gift that I’m very happy to receive. This just goes to show me about how my life has touched so many others. It is true; I am having “A WONDERFUL LIFE” through good times and bad! Your donation shows me that I must be here to make a difference on my life or influence someone else’s life. Even through a tragedy, you must keep your head up, because you don’t known how you may affect others.
Again, Thank You, and I will keep you in my prayers.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
May you all have many more. Please keep up the great work!
Dale H. Steuer
Dear Travis Roy Foundation,
I know I have expressed in previous e-mails for the graciousness of this grant and how it would allow me to pay it forward and hopefully as the bills shows I spent this money frugally.
I can’t imagine how many applications come in each month and what an arduous task that must be for the Board of Directors to make difficult decisions on disbursements.
Sometimes in life, things happen too fast. Every day we face interruptions, delays, changes, and challenges; when we are feeling overwhelmed, one simple concept that can get us through the most stressful of times is gratitude! It’s the gratitude that comes from the Travis Roy foundation that give others the wherewithal and fortitude to carry on. I believe Travis and his foundation have truly epitomized the word” SELFLESSNESS”
Dan Iagatta III _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
I heard about Travis Roy long before my brother Daniel Iagatta’s c4 injury in 2004 and I certainly didn’t know, at the time, that it would impact us in a positive way.
He is 48 years old. He has been driving for 5 or 6 years now and when he received his new chair he wasn’t able to do as much and he wasn’t getting around as much. I would love to thank the Travis Roy Foundation, on behalf of myself and Dan’s family, for retrofitting his new chair to his van in order to gain his independence back.
As a master plumber of 23 years, paramedic,pt firefighter , he has given so much to the community and now the community has given him so much in return. Thanks to this foundation he can continue to deliver meals to the homebound for “Meals on wheels”, teach religious education for Saint Mary’s in Foxboro and most recently he just landed a teaching job! Thank you again for giving him back his freedom.
Marilyn Iagatta Kristenson
You have made our day, month and year. What a wonderful surprise it was to get your note. We are trying to save more money to do the full conversion and appreciate the year of time to reach that goal. Hopefully we will reach it sooner than later – this grant really helps us get on our way! I look forward to sending pictures of me in the van with my three little girls. I will keep you posted. Please extend my deepest gratitude to all in your organization and to the trustees. I wish you all could be here today to feel the joy we are feeling. Words do not do my feelings justice. THANK YOU! Your grant has not only changed today, but many days in the future.
Truly, Sam Russell
I would like to thank you for helping realize my dream. You played such a huge role in this entire process. Thanks to you I have obtained a huge degree of independence. I appreciate all of your time, energy, and effort that you have invested in order for me to obtain my dream computer.
Thank you for helping others move forward!!!
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone at Travis Roy (Foundation) for allowing me to keep my independence by helping me purchase an ultralight wheelchair. I can honestly say what would I have done without a caring Foundation like the TRF. I got the call from Brenda on Monday and all I could do was cry happy tears when I received the message that I got my grant. Never give up the battle for those that are suffering from a spinal cord injury, I know I haven’t. Thanx again. David
There are no words to say thank you for your wonderful gift of independence, as I am sure you are aware, how important that is in daily living. You and the Foundation are inspirational to all of us who live this challenging life. Also, I would like you to know how wonderful Mrs. Taylor and the Morse’s are – you chose well, and I am so blessed for getting the opportunity to get to know them. I hope that if you are ever on the Cape, that I have a chance to meet you and thank you in person.
My name is Christopher Miller and I would like to thank the Travis Roy Foundation for the grant of $1400 for a new computer, printer and portable hand controls for a car. I don’t know how I could have got this without the foundation. I would like to thank all at the Travis Roy Foundation for what they have done for me. Thank You and god bless the Travis Roy Foundation.
To the Travis Roy Foundation:
I would like to offer my sincerest thank you for the funding that you provided that allowed me to purchase an Easystand Evolv Standing Frame.
Throughout my life I have always made my health and physical fitness a top priority. Since my skiing injury and associated quadriplegia I have realized even more so how extremely important it is to take care of my body. I regularly go to physical therapy to work on my strength and conditioning, eat a healthy balanced diet, and maintain an active lifestyle. This was all great in maintaining what strength I did have in a wheelchair, but did little to challenge my body in an upright position. The only way I could do this was with the purchase of a standing frame, something that was financially far outside my budget.
This is where your foundation was so helpful. By providing me the funding to purchase a standing frame you have given me the perfect piece of equipment to help challenge my body and build fitness in ways that I could have never done before. My balance has improved, I feel lightheaded less often, and the psychological feeling of being tall again is so incredible it’s hard to explain.
Thank you! Thank you, for providing me with a piece of equipment that makes me healthier. And, thank you for being an organization that helps people challenged by this disability.
Sincerely, Michael Chasse
Board of Travis Roy Foundation,
Thank you so much for the grant for my bathroom. We moved in a few weeks ago. What a treat to have this wonderful bathroom that I can use. You have helped me so much and given me even more independence. I’ll never be able to thank you enough. But again thank you for helping me and other people in my position.
OH MY GOSH!!!!! I cannot tell you how happy you just made our family!!
What a blessing! I am ecstatic!!
THANK YOU ….. THANK YOU….. THANK YOU!!!
God bless you all!
Thank you so much,
I just wanted to say “Thank you”! We are so grateful that you and your staff chose us for this grant. When we started this project, we did it on a wing and a prayer! We hope the enclosed pictures do the job justice. Thanks again, to each of you who helped my dream come true!
Malcolm, Dione, & Roy Broadwater and Debbie Bettner
I greatly appreciate your response, in helping me acquire my Truck Lift. It takes people that care to make things happen! Ones that can see past the chair and sees a person with a need and purpose. Having the independence will truly enhance my life. With a helping hand you made my life’s journey possible. I could not have done it without you and for that I Thank You!
Thank You and God Bless,
On behalf of my brother George King (Geo) and his family, we wish to sincerely thank you for the Travis Roy Foundation grant. It really means a lot to our family and George at such a difficult time. We feel honored; and plan someday to help others like Travis and the Foundation have helped George.
Geo King & Family
Recently my son was given one of your grants for a ceiling lift. We just wanted to say how much we appreciate the gift. It has made life a whole lot easier for myself and Kevin, my son, he has been able to sit on the couch with the family and is able to get out of the wheelchair for a little while and feel like a “normal” person. Again THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
Dear Travis Roy Foundation-
Thank you so very much for the grant that my husband and I received! We were so surprised to be awarded that money! The pocket door that was installed has made all the difference for my husband to be able to get in and out of the bathroom with ease in his wheelchair. We are so thankful that there are foundations around like yours that help individuals who really need it. We can’t thank you enough!
Lots of love,
Ryan and Maggie Stevenson
We would like to take the time to thank you once again for the great donation to my daughter. She loves the computer and wheelchair ramp. It has made all our lives much better. Thanks once again to the great people you are.
Mark Culpepper / father
Thank you so much for granting me the funds for the truck lift that I requested. This is a huge deal to me; I would never have afforded this without your help. My family and I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. This will improve life tremendously for my wife, son, and I. Thank You.
Eric, Teresa, and Shawn Williamson
I just wanted to send a Ginormous THANK YOU to all of you at the Travis Roy Foundation. The $7000 grant you awarded us to have a Tas Lift seat installed in our truck has been a HUGE blessing for our whole family immediately. It’s so nice to be able to get out and about without having to coordinate with any friends/family/neighbors who are hopefully available to help my wife get me in and out of the truck! Last night my wife & I were actually able to go out on a ‘date night’ to the movies “on our own” and had a WONDERFUL time. It’s impossible to explain how much this meant to us. Our three daughters are excited too because Daddy will never miss another school play or dance recital again. So once again, THANK YOU THANK YOU & THANK YOU!!!
Dear Travis Roy Foundation:
Cory and I would like to thank the Travis Roy Foundation for its generous gift to enable us to have the floors on the main level of our home modified. The floors are beautiful and Corey has no trouble getting around on the main floor now. Words cannot express our gratitude for this grant money. Please extend our thanks to the other members of this foundation. Without foundations such as the Travis Roy Foundation, people in Cory’s situation would not have the opportunities to make such necessary changes or improve quality of life and independent mobility.
God Bless you all and thank you with all our heart.
Tina & Cory Ferguson
Dear Board Members:
Please find enclosed a picture of my beautiful new computer as well as myself! I just wanted to let you all know how wonderful it is to run my small business with these. With such high functioning equipment my life has greatly changed. Not having to worry if I can receive a fax where of my computer will crash again, is priceless.
Living life with a severe disability is truly hard… but please know that you have given something to me that makes it A LOT better! I will never take it for granted nor will I forget what you’ve done for me.
To the Board Members of the Travis Roy Foundation:
I want to thank you very much for accepting/choosing me to receive a Koran from the foundation. My bathroom looks great and works great for me and my home health aides. It is hard to put into words how grateful I am. Please let Travis know what a wonderful foundation he has.
Thanks again! God Bless you all!
Dear Mr. Roy:
I just got a Toyota Sienna van on January 2, 2009. I am writing this letter to thank you for your foundation to help me for the grant to purchase the left. I’m enjoying the van very much with the convertible. It’s giving me a lot of opportunities to do different activity in life especially for my success career in school. However, I’m not afraid to be late to the school anymore. I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart to make my dream come true.