Photos and captions by Guest Blogger Danielle Hetland

Recently, AID Foundation met a wonderful young mother who contracted West Nile Virus during a mission trip. The virus spread and starting creating neurological issues that changed Danielle’s life. She quickly became immobile and weak in her body, not knowing what days she would have the strength to get through everyday tasks. She reached out to the AID.org Foundation in hopes to start a new journey in a mobility chair. With the chair, Danielle was able to meet her best friend for a girls trip; she could travel and once again find her independence. Here is her journey through photos:

– There’s a picture of the chair in my car, and getting set up at the airport, ready to go, with my luggage attached to the back. This was wonderful!

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– We went to a “cat cafe” where there was a mural of a cat, cat castles, and of course, a lot of cats. Hilarious. Several of which liked my chair.

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– When I arrived in Seattle, we went straight to an open air market, since I didn’t have to worry about distance walked or luggage (which was being carried on the back!). We bought peonies and locally made pear cider, and visited a cheese shop and watched cheese curds being made.

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– We went to Theos Chocolate Factory, I took the chair through, and we saw how the chocolate is made.

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– We went to a glass museum and garden, which was beautiful

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– The drinks are locally made and pressed pear cider. This was in the market. (Had my chair w me the whole time, got up for a few of these pics)

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– We saw the “troll under the bridge”.

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Many of these areas would have been impossible without the chair. Especially the troll and market, where there were fairly steep hills to have to walk up (which is very difficult for me). One of the “selfies” has the market sign in the background. The picture doesn’t show how long and steep that was- but it wasn’t a problem. The chair went uphill faster than my friends could keep up!

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A few times we were late for a bus, and had to “run”. This was easier for me than my friend who chose to wear heeled lace up boots. 🙂 there was a lot of walking overall, and I was thrilled to soak up so many experiences (and amazing food), thanks to not having to worry about my walking melting down.
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