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Josh Burt Mobility Fund

$13.256 da meta de $60.300

Arrecadados por 134 pessoas em 2 meses
Criada em 14 de julho de 2018
Josh Burt was born with Spina Bifida and has been in a wheel chair his entire life due to paralysis in his legs.  He is the youngest of four children, 19 yrs. old and a High School Graduate.  Because he has such an interest in the well being of others,  he is considering a career in counseling.  Josh is heavily dependent on his parents for transportation as well as rides from friends.  He is in need of a modified vehicle  specially equipped  to put him in the driver's seat, enabling him to lead a more independent lifestyle and pursue his dreams.

In-spite of Josh's physical challenges, he is well known by his peers for his incredibly optimistic attitude, great sense of humor, and always ready to help or encourage the less fortunate. He is recognized to be of outstanding character by all who know him, and has remarkable resolve.

Josh plays Wheelchair basketball for the Mad Dogs (local team) and is very athletic. This year the team went to Spokane, Wa. to play in the HoopFest competition. He is energetic, disciplined, and in his free time loves to work out at the gym.  Recently,  he was invited by the police dept. to participate in “The Murph Challenge”. “The Murph” is a tough national workout regimen created in honor of fallen Navy Seal, LT. Michael Murphy.  It was slightly modified for him so he could participate.  Josh’s “can do” spirit does not let his disability hold him back.  As much as his schedule (and budget) permits, he loves to swim, hunt, fish, bowl and go to the movies with friends.

He is always looking for opportunities to encourage others.  At a recent basketball tournament he was  playing in,  he invited a co-worker and her son (who was also in a wheelchair) to attend. When they showed up he greeted her son and gave him a basketball.  Then he told the little guy to practice hard so when he gets older he can join the team. The boy was elated!  Another way he encourages people is by giving to those in need or less fortunate.  He has been criticized for giving to the homeless, but his response was, “what they do with the money is between them and their conscience, I want to give them a chance to better their circumstances”.

If you haven’t got the idea by now that Josh is very ambitious and has a strong work ethic, I’m telling you now; He’s not one to let the grass grow between his toes!  Although he’s athletic he also has a strong sense of responsibility and independence. He holds down a part-time job at a grocery store as a bagger.  As soon as his transportation needs have been secured he plans to work full-time.

Our hope is to fully fund a specially equipped vehicle (otherwise known as a "Mobility Solution Vehicle").  This will put him in the drivers seat and give him the independence that he needs to move forward with his life.  Because the modifications to the vehicle are permanent, the plan is to grant him the money to purchase a new 1/2 ton Chevy Pickup.  A middle of the road vehicle with some of the options that are pertinent to him (because of our cold and snowy winters) such as remote start, and heated mirrors, etc,  will land at about $42,000.00.  The permanent wheelchair modifications will cost an add'l $15,000.00 depending on his needs.  His first year of full coverage insurance will be an additional $3300.00.

I am the father of one of Josh’s friends. I am 55 yrs old and have seen folks squander an opportunity given to them,  not fully appreciating what it is. But I’ve also seen a few take full advantage of an opportunity using it to it’s greatest advantage, and Josh is one of these people.  He is a remarkable young man, I would not be doing this for him if I was not so impressed.  Josh has the  HEART of a Navy Seal and if it weren’t for the disability he could have become one! He truly is an inspiration to all who meet him! If I were a betting man, I would go “all in” that Josh will use this opportunity to it’s fullest advantage, and accept this gift with extreme gratitude.   

This is a gift that he cannot otherwise afford. THANK YOU for giving Josh the freedom to get himself to work, pursue his dreams and have a life if his own.

Please share this link with your friends and family on Facebook, and Instagram.  We were originally hoping to keep this crowdfunding event a surprise but the "cat got out of the bag"  yet he doesn't know all of the details.   On September 15th, 2018 at 6.30pm we will have a celebration party to present Josh with this gift.   Since his good friend who faithfully gives him rides has enlisted in the Marine Corp and will be leaving soon afterwards.  All are welcome to attend this community wide event.  We will gather together under the guise of  a " 60th " birthday celebration for Gene Langstaff.  It will be held at the Assembly of God Church, 150 Lamb Lane,  Whitefish, MT.

UPDATE 5

Hello Friends! I’m pleased to inform you of some really great news. Sam (Josh’s dad), has been very busy compiling the information and estimates required to make the equipment purchases. As promised in earlier updates, we are once again ready to adjust our goal total. The vehicle purchase price has not yet been negotiated since it’s not yet fully funded, so there will be one final minor adjustment in our goal total after a purchase agreement has been signed for the truck. With regard to the mobility equipment, there are options available up to 30k but Sam was pleased to find one that will be a good fit for Josh for half that amount. Here is a link to see a demonstration video with the same type of truck; https://youtu.be/Jn8jO1_0jUo The cost breakdown is as follows;

A) Crew Cab Chev 1500 Truck $42,000.00

B) TCR Crew Cab Mobility Lift  $15,000.00

C) One year full coverage Ins.   $ 3,300.00

             TOTAL FUND GOAL    $60,300.00

The Goal for the Josh Burt Mobility Fund has now been confidently reduced by nearly $20,000.00!! Thank you for being patient with us while we were working through the many details. We just needed to make sure the numbers were going to come out right.

My wife has also been diligently working on the local fundraiser side of the campaign and has successfully raised an additional $13.407!! Together with GFM, we are at $25,893 which means we are 43% funded!!

It’s a beautiful thing to see folks like you, both near and far, combine their resources to help out this fine and deserving young man! This project might be beyond the ability of just a few people, yet together we can make this happen! Thank you so much for partnering with my wife and I on this project, we couldn’t do it without you!

DON’T FORGET TO KEEP SHARING WITH YOUR NETWORK OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY!! Lets keep it moving forward.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at the surprise party this Saturday at 6.30. Details are on the main GFM page.

 

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UPDATE 5

Hello Friends! I’m pleased to inform you of some really great news. Sam (Josh’s dad), has been very busy compiling the information and estimates required to make the equipment purchases. As promised in earlier updates, we are once again ready to adjust our goal total. The vehicle purchase price has not yet been negotiated since it’s not yet fully funded, so there will be one final minor adjustment in our goal total after a purchase agreement has been signed for the truck. With regard to the mobility equipment, there are options available up to 30k but Sam was pleased to find one that will be a good fit for Josh for half that amount. Here is a link to see a demonstration video with the same type of truck; https://youtu.be/Jn8jO1_0jUo The cost breakdown is as follows;

A) Crew Cab Chev 1500 Truck $42,000.00
B) TCR Crew Cab Mobility Lift $15,000.00
C) One year full coverage Ins. $ 3,300.00
TOTAL FUND GOAL $60,300.00

The Goal for the Josh Burt Mobility Fund has now been confidently reduced by nearly $20,000.00!! Thank you for being patient with us while we were working through the many details. We just needed to make sure the numbers were going to come out right.

My wife has also been diligently working on the local fundraiser side of the campaign and has successfully raised an additional $13.407!! Together with GFM, we are at $25,893 which means we are 43% funded!!
It’s a beautiful thing to see folks like you, both near and far, combine their resources to help out this fine and deserving young man! This project might be beyond the ability of just a few people, yet together we can make this happen! Thank you so much for partnering with my wife and I on this project, we couldn’t do it without you!

DON’T FORGET TO KEEP SHARING WITH YOUR NETWORK OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY!! Lets keep it moving forward.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at the surprise party this Saturday at 6.30. Details are on the main GFM page.
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UPDATE 4

CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE! We are currently just shy of 15% of our goal which is entirely due to your generosity. We all work hard for what we have, but when we care for those less fortunate by making a personal financial sacrifice, we create a bond of well-being in our community. But more specifically, you are making a huge impact in the life of this young man. Way to go people, you’re AWESOME!

I ask that you continue to share our GoFundMe link on Social Media, with your friends and with your colleagues at work. We are gaining momentum, but we need the “ripple effect” to continue to grow. You guy’s are great, Thank you.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR; We now have set a time for my supposed B-day party, the celebration, and revealing of the Go Fund Me to Josh. It will be at 6:30 pm, 150 Lamb Lane, Whitefish MT on Sept. 15th. AKA : Assembly of God Church. Hope to see you there!
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Hello all,
Although Josh is not aware of all the details he currently has knowledge of this fundraiser. So at this point we are lifting the Facebook moratorium, and asking everyone to share freely with friends on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Thank you Friends and family, let's bless his socks off!!!
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Josh's Dad has been tasked with acquiring the estimates for the modification. He is still weeks away from determining actual costs as there are a number of different set-ups and build qualities. He has personal experience with their old equipment binding and jamming so he wants to make sure Josh won't have to deal with that in the future. With that being said, and after a long conversation with him this morning, He feels confident (with the information he has at this point) that we can lower our 100k goal to 80k, and that the modification shouldn't exceed 30k. As we continue to move forward, as we firm up actual costs, we will adjust the overall goal accordingly. I expect this to be an ongoing process. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work out details and strive for complete transparency.
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