Philadelphian Lauren Beller was born with Arthogryposis, a condition that affects her joints, muscles and ligaments and leaves her in constant pain. The one thing that helps, she explains on her Indiegogo campaign, is the motorized wheelchair that gives her independence and lets her adjust her position. "The components that allow me to change my seating position are the difference between a life of pain and one where my pain is manageable," she explains. But now, her wheelchair is on the fritz.
A new one will cost $26,000, and even with insurance, Beller will have to come up with $17,823 out of pocket. Beller, who has been active in the Occupy movement, is asking friends and strangers to chip in. She's also offering donors advertising spots on the back of her wheelchair — she's that desperate for help.
"I have a lot to offer this world despite my disability," she adds, "and my wheelchair is the main tool that allows me to be a part of society."