Ethiopian Airlines Please Help Get a Wheelchair to Ethiopia from Chicago

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This past May of 2018, I was in the city of Axum, Ethiopia and I came across a gentleman who was literally dragging himself on the wet concrete slabs right in front of the famous Tsion St. Mary Church. His legs were folded like tooth picks and he was using his hands as a way to drag his body - 

I walked out of the church with an Ethiopian guide which served as an interpreter to this gentleman who told me he found out ten years ago he had contracted polio. The interpreter told me this guy was known, he was married and had four kids, and was the sole breadwinner for his family. The gentleman traveled two hours each way to beg in front of the church.

The polio-stricken husband and father told me his dream would be to have a wheelchair. Literally, upon hearing this, my eyes welled up. Something that most take advantage of was not available for another human being. I was also disappointed that no one at the church had thought of getting a wheelchair for this man.

Since I have returned, I have been haunted by how kind this man was with this terrible disease, his family and his need of wanting a wheelchair. Yesterday I posted a plea on Facebook asking for help and within ten minutes after posting, I was given a wheelchair. Now, I have to get it to Axum, Ethiopia. Ethiopian Airlines just started flying non-stop between Chicago and Addis Ababa and it would be nothing for them to just tag the wheel chair as corporate baggage and getting a station manager in Axum to hand deliver the wheelchair. I will personally hand-deliver the wheelchair to Ethiopian Airlines check-in counter in Chicago.

Most of us have been blessed with the gift of health and well-being. And I feel, collectively we can come together and use the power of our voice and social media to give this man what he wants - a wheelchair



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