Aug 10, 2022 • 1HR 15M

A group of mobility-impaired Estes Park Residents spoke out at last night’s Town Trustee Meeting about safety concerns they have for a friend getting home from work.

We also hear about the 38th Annual U.S. Go Congress (the game), which was held in Estes Park last week.

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Jason VanTatenhove
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In today’s episode, we speak with a new resident of Estes Park that has mobility issues (he uses a powered wheelchair) and has some serious safety issues traveling the mile to his house from his place of employment. He and some close friends (some with their own mobility impairments) spoke out at last night’s Town Trustee Meeting; listen to what they had to say in interviews recorded after the meeting.

We also spoke to the director of the U.S. Go Congress, who held their annual event right here in Estes Park last week. Click here for more information.

If you would like to donate to Randy and Kimberly’s, Go Fund Me to help them get a wheelchair-accessible vehicle; you can do so here.

Here is what they are asking for help with:

Randy Smith was born with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy which means he has been bound to a wheelchair his entire life.  He lives with his partner and main caretaker Kelsey Johnson.  

Kelsey has been working as a caretaker professionally for over 10 years.  Besides caring for her partner Randy, Kelsey has also cared for elderly patients, veterans and other persons with various disabilities.  Kelsey works hard caring properly for many people including her beloved partner Randy everyday.    

She and Randy could use some help ensuring Randy gets all of the quality care that he requires.  They are in need of financial resources in order to help Randy get around to his many doctors appointments, his job at Dollar General and out of the house for some fresh air and sunshine.  Currently it is difficult for Kelsey, as a full time care taker, to take Randy out as she doesn't have a handicap equipped vehicle.  

Her job as a caretaker in and outside of her home is very demanding physically.  A vehicle made to accommodate a wheelchair would be a lifesaver, quite literally, for Kelsey and Randy.  Randy has been almost hit on many occasions just trying to get home from work, Kelsey follows him home with the flashers on to ensure Randy gets home safely. Unfortunately where we live there is no public transportation. 

Please donate anything you can to help Kelsey transport Randy in a vehicle made for his special circumstances.  

You can listen to the episode here if you want to hear a great, almost 2-hour-long interview I had this week with Comedian and Podcaster David C. Smalley on his podcast.

Here is the info on the fundraiser we discussed by the American Legion Riders. (click on the image.)

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