Smithtown, NY (PRWEB) December 29, 2014
Theresa Thomas, a single disabled mom living in Suffolk County, NY, will receive a life-changing miracle gift this holiday season. Bussani Mobility Team (a family owned company that sells, services and rents wheelchair accessible vehicles) is donating a refurbished Chrysler Town & Country wheelchair accessible van to the Thomas family. New Beginnings (a community center for brain injury rehabilitation) arranged the introduction between the two parties that is making a heart-felt holiday wish come true.
A former nurse, Theresa became severely disabled 7 years ago at the age of 39 by a genetic condition triggered during pregnancy that left her bed-ridden. She has two sons, aged 15 and 7. And her mother, aged 70, uses a wheelchair as a result of a brain injury and two strokes. As Theresa’s condition worsened and she was no longer able to leave the house, let alone work, the family fell homeless and lived in shelters for several years and the children moved from school to school. The struggles they endured, just to live a basic life with food, shelter, and schooling, were unimaginable.
But she never gave up fighting…to get well, to find a place for her family to live, to give back. When Bussani Mobility Team heard her story through the New Beginnings center, they stepped in to help. The wheelchair accessible van that will be presented to the Thomas family on Monday will give them a new lease on life. Finally, Theresa will be able to drive her children to school…take them to parks, church, Boy Scouts…drive her mom to medical appointments…and drive herself so she can get proper medical attention and work once again.
Theresa’s story doesn’t stop there. She’s working to finish her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology so she can become a social worker and live a life of service to others. She eventually wants to open a not-for-profit in Suffolk County connecting the disabled, mentally ill, homeless, and veterans to the many resources Long Island has to offer.
“There’s no end to what this remarkable woman will do to help her family and the disabled community here on Long Island now that she has her own wheelchair accessible vehicle to get around,” said Daniel Bussani, Vice President at Bussani Mobility Team. “She has big dreams. With her perseverance, strength and compassion, we have no doubt that she’ll reach every one of them and she’ll touch many lives for the good.”
Bussani Mobility Team (http://www.bussanimobility.com and http://www.bussanicommercial.com) is a leading provider of automotive mobility products and services for people with disabilities. The company helps people with disabilities regain the freedom and independence to go where they want to go and do what they want to do. Established in 1974 with headquarters in Bethpage, NY (Nassau County) and with offices in Smithtown (Suffolk County), Mamaroneck (Westchester County) and Sunnyside (Queens), Bussani Mobility Team is a market leader in the Tri-State (NY, NJ, CT) area. The company’s team of experts offers: a complete line of wheelchair vans and mobility equipment from top manufacturers available for purchase or rental, wheelchair accessible taxis, a full-service automotive shop, 24-hour emergency service, special financing options, insurance services, educational opportunities, and in-store consultants who are dedicated to meeting their customers’ every need with a highly personal touch.
New Beginnings (http://www.nbli.org), a not-for-profit 501©3, was founded by Allyson Barone Scerri after her father suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2007. Allyson quickly realized that as a caregiver in a family hit by TBI, there was a serious lack of coordinated services and her vision was to have them all connected under one roof. In April of 2010 Allyson opened the doors to a state of the art, never before seen facility for TBI rehab where all necessary modalities of treatment including Hyperbaric Oxygen are found under that one roof. Her facility is praised by medical professionals who are world renowned experts in the TBI field. She has geared the facility to be a Community Center that reaches out to TBI victims as well as victims of all other cognitive & physically disabling conditions and their caregiving families.