Manitoba

Winnipeg woman raising money to buy wheelchair of her dreams

Winnipegger Danielle Otto, who is in a wheelchair that weighs around 300 pounds, is asking for help. She has launched a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of raising enough money to buy a better, more winter-friendly wheelchair.

Danielle Otto, 24, launches GoFundMe campaign to raise money for new, winter-friendly wheelchair

Winnipeg woman needs help securing wheelchair of her dreams

8 years ago
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Winnipegger Danielle Otto, who is in a wheelchair that weighs around 300 pounds, is asking for help. She has launched a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of raising enough money to buy a better, more winter-friendly wheelchair.

Even for the able-bodied, navigating Winnipeg sidewalks in the winter has its challenges. But for Danielle Otto, who is in a wheelchair that weighs around 300 pounds, those challenges can be far more serious.

"I think I've actually gotten myself stuck," said Otto. 

The 24-year-old Otto has cerebral palsy, a condition that, among other symptoms, affects muscle coordination.
Danielle Otto has started a GoFundMe campaign in order to raise enough money to buy a wheelchair that will allow her to navigate Winnipeg's snowy side walks in the winter. (CBC)

Otto said that in the past, she has been stuck for more than 30 minutes at a time before someone has helped her out.

"The risk of getting stuck is always there, so that's a big worry in the back of my mind," said Otto. "I don't always know if there will be a passerby to come help me."

Otto is determined to not let her disability get in her way. She graduated from university with a degree in psychology and hopes to study law.

"I don't want to have to wait on other people to get where I have to go," she said. "I want to be able to get there on my own steam."

So, in that spirit of determination, Otto has launched a GoFundMe page to try and raise money for her dream wheelchair.

The chair has better suspension and beefier tires suitable for negotiating snow and ice-covered Winnipeg roads and sidewalks.

The problem: the chair isn't covered through the Manitoba Community Wheelchair Program and comes at a cost of $30,000.

"It would mean so much to me," said Otto. "It would be a whole new peace of mind and a new freedom that I think most people take for granted."

As of Sunday night, Otto had raised around $6,000. By 6:30 p.m. Monday, the total had risen to just under $10,000.

Anyone interested in helping Otto reach her goal can make donations through her GoFundMe campaign page. (Click the link to the left of this article.)

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