How would you feel if you suddenly lost your legs?

How would you feel if you suddenly lost your legs? Sadly, Raymond Dell’Area knows all too well.  Since birth, Raymond has suffered from muscular dystrophy, a disease which makes every day things such as walking a challenge.

At 25 years old, Raymond relies heavily on his $15,000 customized wheelchair for pretty much everything – this isn’t just a wheelchair…this wheelchair has become Raymond’s legs.  Yes, Raymond suffers from muscular dystrophy but this did not stop him from living his life and being the independent man that he is.  Having this wheelchair enabled Raymond to visit his friends, look for a job and be able to live a normal life but all of that suddenly changed.

On Saturday September 22nd while Raymond was visiting with a friend, his wheelchair was taken.  Suddenly, Raymond no longer has “his legs” and is now pretty much confined to his home unless his parents are able to transport him to and from where he needs to go. Such a drastic change for a man that was able to live his life independently all this time.  Now, instead of relying on his wheelchair – he is relying on you, the public to help him.
At first, you may think “how can I help, I don’t even know this man” but if you give this some serious thought, perhaps put yourself in his position – if you woke up tomorrow without any legs, wouldn’t you want everyone out there to help you find them? I know I would and that’s what brought me here today.
In life we tend to take the simple things for granted.  Being able to get up, face the day and do what we need to do without any challenges.  How would we do these things if we were suddenly immobile?  Something as horrible as what has happened to Raymond was enough to put things into a new perspective for me and hopefully for you too.

Raymond’s friends and family have turned to the media, Facebook, twitter and WordPress to help spread the word about this.  We ask that you help out by sharing the links and pages you find here with your friends and family.

Let’s all do our part to help Raymond find his wheelchair and get back to the life that he has worked so hard to get!

Raymond Dell’Aera, Toronto Man’s Wheelchair Stolen

Yesterday while watching the news I was just shocked to hear that a young Toronto man had his wheelchair stolen while visiting a friend. I was even more shocked when they announced the name Raymond Dell’Aera, the son of my co-worker.

On Saturday September 22, 2012 Raymond was visiting a friend, his wheelchair which weighs over 200 pounds was parked outside on private property. His wheelchair was stolen off private property near Keele and Finch in Toronto, Ontario. Although Raymond was born with muscular dystrophy he is an independent young man that relies on his wheelchair to have the ability to be mobile.

The motorized wheelchair has a value of $15,000 and was paid for with the assistance of O.H.I.P and is custom built to suit Raymond. Sadly Raymond does not have insurance on the wheelchair and is uncertain that O.H.I.P may even pay to replace it.

Raymond relies on his wheelchair to allow him to continue to be independent. I am sadden that someone would even think to take things young man’s wheel chair. Perhaps it was a mistaken or just some young kids not understanding how important the wheelchair could be to someone. Whatever the reason, the only thing that matters is that we reunite Raymond and his wheelchair so he can be mobile again.

If you or anyone you know has any information regarding Raymond’s wheelchair please contact Toronto Police (416) 808-3100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-8000-222-TIPS.