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Caity's cool wheels

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My name is Traci Braaf. I am a 27-year-old mom to a beautiful 6-year-old little girl, Caitlin Braaf. We reside in Kuils River, Cape Town with my parents. I am a paramedic and work for Netcare911. I am passionate about my work and creating awareness about disability. I believe that every obstacle that comes my way makes me a better paramedic which allows me to treat patients better. Doing my work and seeing people at their worst makes it easier to come home and appreciate my daughters’ circumstances as we are on an uphill battle. Things can only get better!

On the 20th of October 2014, my life changed forever. My little girl of 22 months had a horrific accident. My parents and I found her floating face down in a pool. At this time I thought my child had died, but she’s a fighter. She survived her near-fatal drowning accident. However, as a result, she has a hypoxic brain injury and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.

Therefore, I am fundraising for assistive devices for my daughter, namely, a new wheelchair and mounting device for her Eye gaze tablet. The estimated cost of the wheelchair is R25 000 – R30 000. My medical aid has a device budget of R3500 which has been used, every year we require Ankle-foot orthotic’s which cost R7000 a pair.

After my daughter’s accident we held numerous fundraisers to help pay for therapy and other medical costs. I was fortunate enough to manage funds well and not have to fundraise within the last two years. Our monthly costs are exponential as Caitlin attends school and has the ability to learn but due to the severity of her disability requires a facilitator to accompany her to school (cost of school, bus fees and carer salary = R6000, excluding therapies, medical bills and daily living expenses.)

Caitlin is now 6 years old and a weighs a healthy 18kg. Her buggy (chair) has given us a good 4,5 years and great memories but its time to move on to bigger and less supportive seating. We have opted to use a basic pacer Adult 12-inch chair from CE mobility. Our plan is to build up the chair to Caitlin’s physical needs and of course personalise the chair and make it into Caitlin’s own.

This is a break down of specifications for Caitlin’s chair:
12" CE Mobility Pacer steel with short frame, but seat length 36 cm
Push handle height 50 cm
Height adjustable armrests
90 degree footrest hangers with single solid overlay
Velcro (soft) on sides of seat
Body point padded pelvis strap with side-release buckle
Back system- 10" Shonaquip Tess back, 340 mm high with 260x150 laterals
Spacers to fit 12" chair
Mitt headrest
Cushion- 14" foam positioner cushion trimmed to 32 cm width
Two waterproof covers with hard velcro to match the seat
Tray table- Perspex, Stabilised - slide on type, With elbow blockers
Estimated cost: R25 000 - R30 000
Additional needs: Mount for eye gaze to fit on wheelchair

Caitlin is Currently in a Shonaquip Madiba-to-go Buggy. This type of chair is used for people who need full postural support. As a mom, I hope my child will improve and respond physically to our hard work and dedication from family, friends, and our whole team. Caitlin is finally ready, physically strong enough to move to a “normal” wheelchair.

In the world of being differently abled, the smallest improvement might appear insignificant but for us, this is a big one. A wheelchair is in a sense more “normal” then a buggy. In essence, a buggy is used to seat people who are physically more challenged. A wheelchair is easier to fold, lighter in weight and better for my back. It gives Caitlin a greater sense of control as now she can practice self-propelling. Even the freedom of changing her angle/ line of sight is giving Caitlin a feeling of independence. I plan on personalising the chair, pink is Caitlin’s favourite colour. My plan is to give her something she will be proud to sit in. While walking in a mall, we will turn heads and this time for our cool chair not for “what’s wrong with that child”. This is a look we get quite often. I do think it could possibly be related to the fact that many do not see a buggy often.

The funding will allow us to give Caitlin the proper seating she needs. It will give her a wheelchair that suits her current posture and prevents things like scoliosis of the spine, pressure sores and reduce the pain that people with cerebral palsy experience daily. A chair that she spends no less than 10 hours in a day. She can sit proudly and comfortably.

*The funds raised will go directly to the wheelchair invoice*

Donations

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Wishing you tons of love on your journey " - Carmel

  • Jun 04, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "????" - ??

  • Jun 03, 2019 - USD $ 6.86
  • "Enjoy your new wheels " - Stephlynn

  • Jun 03, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "All of the best " - Lauren

  • Jun 01, 2019 - R 220.00
  • "??" - Fellow mom

  • Jun 01, 2019 - R 174.79
  • "All the best!" - Maya

  • May 30, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "She's is so brave! " - Charlene Adams

  • May 29, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "I will keep you in my prayers and lift your name up to the Lord. I pray for your healing. I leave the scripture Psalm 23 with you. Keep it close and remember regardless of everything He LOVES you " - JesusLoveYou

  • May 27, 2019 - R 616.92
  • "Sending you our love and blessings xxx" - KC & Georgina

  • May 27, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "You are one brave little girl! God bless you and your parents!" - Anonymous

  • May 27, 2019 - R 800.00
  • "Keep on smiling ?" - Angelique Hendricks

  • May 27, 2019 - R 115.00
  • "Hope you reach your goal amount!!" - Anonymous

  • May 27, 2019 - USD $ 72.92
  • "Stay strong Traci and family. Enjoy your cool pink wheels Princess Caity!" - Anonymous

  • May 25, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Wishing you everything of the best! " - Tamzin Adriaans

  • May 24, 2019 - USD $ 104.85
  • "A small contribution and best wishes for your family." - Anonymous

  • May 24, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Ive been amazed by your Progress. All the best! " - Shanice Adriaans

  • May 24, 2019 - USD $ 145.46
  • "." - Anonymous

  • May 24, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Stay humble " - Anonymous

  • May 24, 2019 - R 110.00
  • "Pray the funds will be raised in a flash for Caity's new wheels" - Therese

  • May 24, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "I know this isnt much ... But i am hoping to helo in any way. My prays and love go out to all of you and pray that you have the strength to deal with everything. God Bless " - R J JACOBS

  • May 24, 2019 - R 51.41
  • "All the best" - Estelle

  • May 24, 2019 - USD $ 7.27
  • "Good luck little girl." - Shaun Chunderduri

  • May 24, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "Hope u gonna be comfortable in your new set of wheels " - Anonymous

  • May 23, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Wishing you God's Grace ?" - Wanya J Dental

  • May 23, 2019 - USD $ 21.94
  • "Hi Justin, I hope this helps towards your daughter, be blessed my brother...much love Vinnie" - Vincenzo Snyders

  • May 23, 2019 - R 308.46
  • "Here's to getting those wheels! Well done super mom and Caity!" - Caryn

  • May 23, 2019 - R 308.46
  • "Sterkte. Ons bid vir haar." - Cecil

  • May 22, 2019 - R 101.50
  • "All the best. You are in our thoughts and prayers" - Buck

  • May 22, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Wishing you strength and love on your journey. May God bless your family." - Fellow mom

  • May 22, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Goodluck with the fundraising and God's richest blessings. " - Anon.

  • May 22, 2019 - USD $ 36.51
  • "Best of luck!" - Leslie

  • May 22, 2019 - USD $ 20.60
  • "Good luck with your fundraising. " - Harry

  • May 22, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "I applaud you Traci and family! " - Meagan

  • May 22, 2019 - R 1 015.00
  • "Blessings to you Caitlin " - Michelle

  • May 22, 2019 - R 51.41
  • "just a penny to bring you an inch closer" - Anonymous

  • May 22, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Amazing little girl! " - Anonymous

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Donations to date

R 14 249.87

Fundraising target

R 28 160.00
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My name is Traci Braaf and I live in Kuils River, Cape Town. I am a 27-year-old mom to a beautiful 6-year-old little girl, Caitlin Braaf who has cerebral palsy as a result of a near-death drowning experience at 22-months. 

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