The following letter was sent to The Ability Center from the daughter of Arthur Breidenbach, who received a motorized scooter through our Equipment Loan Program.
“A world of thanks to The Ability Center of Greater Toledo for making dreams come true!
I cannot begin to thank you enough for the motorized scooter for my dad, Arthur.
Arthur was born and raised in Tin, Ohio in 1919. He grew up on a farm working alongside his brothers and sisters. He met the love of his life at the one-room schoolhouse they both attended. Arthur and Marie traded pencils, and the rest is history.
During WWII, my father served three and a half years in the Army as a switchboard operator in Germany. After he returned from the war, he was reunited with his longtime
love and got married. They have been the most devoted and loving couple I have ever met.
Despite numerous life-threating health issues and hospital stays, they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on June 6, 2016.
Recently, my father su-ered a stroke and temporarily lost his ability to speak and talk. However, through hard work and determination, this 97-year-old man has regained his
speech, although walking without a cane for long distances is challenging.
My father’s macular degeneration has also worsened. Sadly, my dad realized he would no longer be able to renew his driver’s license. He was heartbroken because that meant he would not be able to make his daily visits to his wife, who is now in a nursing home for dementia care.
My dad has always been a kind, trustworthy, and hardworking man that has never asked anyone for anything in his life. He is very religious, a devout Catholic that spent his life doing for others. This is why it was devastating when I tried all avenues to help him get a scooter to go to church and the nursing home and was denied.
Thank you so much to The Ability Center of Greater Toledo for giving to a man who has given so much for others. My dad has lost so much in the past couple of months, but you
have helped to give him back some independence in his life and with that, some dignity.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
Arthur’s thankful daughter