Testimonials

I would like to give a special Thank You to Positive Changes and contractors Bob & Ryan Magaster, Senior Pastor Bill Russell and his help Eric from Southwest Cummunity Church for the amazing volunteer work that they did today helping build a wheel chair ramp at the Havencroft apartments in Olathe Kansas. These men are heaven sent and gave me back my independence and freedom.

PJs rampPJs ramp 1

PJs ramp completed

Positive Changes relies tremendously on your donation to continue providing durable medical equipment and the resources needed for people with disabilities to remain as independent as possible in their communities. To make a donation of any amount, please visit our website at: www.positivechangeskc.com Positive Changes Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Your donations are tax deductible.

 

Gail SpearsHello everyone, this is Gail and her newly donated power wheelchair. This wheelchair was donated to Positive Changes on Saturday, March 21, 2015 and Gail took possession of this electric wheelchair on Sunday, March 22 2015. This chair was donated from a 103-year-old lady that had passed away last October. Her surviving family members decided to donate it to where it could be passed on to someone that could continue using it. Positive Changes relies on donations to continue helping those in need. Please make a tax-deductible donation at: www.positive-changes.org we are a 501©3 not-for-profit organization. Thank you in advance for all your help!

 

Hello everyone, this is Dewayne and his newly donated Dewayne Carpenterpower wheelchair. This wheelchair was donated to positive changes on Saturday, March 21, 2015 and Dewayne took passion of this electric wheelchair on Saturday, March 21, 2015. This chair was donated from a gentleman in independence Missouri. His nephew that was born with MS and had a very full short life passed away, some down time ago. The family decided to donate this chair to someone that could continue enjoying life as much as his nephew did. Positive Changes relies on donations to continue helping those in need. Please make a tax-deductible donation at: www.positive-changes.org we are a 501©3 not-for-profit organization. Thank you in advance for all your help!
Danica and donated chairI just wanted to give a big thanks to positive change for helping get a wheel chair for my 8 year old daughter Danica. She has had a few surgeries on her leg and cannot walk a long distance without being in pain so we are very thankful to find a program like this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dewayne Van photo

Hi Rick, I am sending a couple of pictures of Dwayne and the van.  I just want to tell you that it was truly a blessing to have the van donated to us. You are helping me as well as Dwayne. Without the van we could not go anywhere together. He would have to take the bus to his appointments and I would not be able to go with him, I love the fact that I don’t have to try to get him up in the truck that we were borrowing.  It was really hard to get his chair up on the ramp also. I would also like to thank you for donating a van to his cousin Debbie.  Her son has Cerebral palsy and she was having a really hard time getting him where he needed to go.  Thank you again for all of the great work that Positive Changes is to help those in need.

 

 

Thanks to Positive Changes and how they have helped me. This past September 2014 my handicap Van didn’t run and it was at a garage in North Kansas City, Missouri. The garage fixed the fuel pump and they were supposed to fix a short in the wiring while they had my van. This unnamed garage had my Van for two months. Then I called positive changes and they towed my van to

Blue vanAnderson automotive. Anderson automotive found and fixed the problem. After driving around for a month or so, I noticed the radiator was very low on antifreeze, so after talking with positive changes. I quit driving my Van with Anderson automotive recommending getting the van towed back to the shop to evaluate the problem. Leaking radiator hoses were found to be the problem. After fixing my van again, I say thank you from the bottom of mine and Shawn’s heart. Thank you for all you do Rick, just remember you helped make our lives easier.

Thank you!

 
Perry and Connie with their new VanI would like to take this opportunity to thank Positive Changes along with Rick Davidson for the donation of the 1988 E-150 Conversion Van. Through Positive Changes dedication and hard work I now have the ability and freedom to enjoy all the community has to offer, whenever and wherever I wish.

Thank you so very much..

Perry (PJ) Trammell

 

Rupert Bradford and II was at the doctor office and was talking to the nurses about helping me find a trapeze for my bed because I was having trouble finding one in the area I live. They were telling me about this guy name Rick Davidson, I got a chance to meet Rick and told him what I needed called him the next day and he said I got what you need. I told Rick I didn’t a way to pick it up he said no problem give me your address 2 days later the trapeze was delivered. While talking to Rick I could tell he is very dedicated and compassionate about the work he does.

Rupert Burton Jr.

 

Cathy Weaver's mom's picture in a wheelchairIt is a wonderful thing to know there are people in the world who are willing to help others.  In this case, I am elderly and blind and crippled with rheumatoid arthritis along with other maladies.  I am moving to an assisted living facility and needed a wheelchair and a commode riser.  Who came to my rescue but the fabulous people at Positive Changes !!!

Rick Davidson and his team found exactly what I needed and even DELIVERED the items for me and now in my new ‘home’ I have everything I need to make my next days comfortable.  From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you and I pray that God will continue to bless you and your team and those you help on a daily basis.

Thank you SO MUCH,

Elizabeth

 

Thank you so much to Rick and Positive Changes for assisting me with the purchase of a Jason on new liftused wheelchair lift for my van.  My wheelchair lift had become damaged beyond repair, and I could not afford to buy a new lift.  I was resigned to not having any mode of transportation.  Positive Changes saved the day by finding and purchasing me a used lift.  Now I can continue to use my van to go shopping, visit friends, go to the doctor, and visit the coffee shop where I love to read and write.  Now I can be independent again.  Positive Changes has truly made a positive change in my life, for which I am forever grateful!

—Jason Gallagher, Overland Park, KS

 

 

20130629-110810.jpg20130630-214909.jpg20130630-214843.jpg

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Positive Changes and the group of volunteers for the excellent job they did painting my home. We are a disabled couple living on a fixed income, in Olathe and could not afford to hire people to move furniture and paint all 5 rooms in our home. Positive changes stepped up and supplied a box trailer to store our personal property while volunteers (Dan’s Paint Contractors) painted.

Again, THANK YOU to everyone for your help.

Perry Trammell and Connie Tarter

 

Hi there Rick – Positive Changes,

My name is Amina Patel and I am paralyzed from the neck down. My family and I have had much difficulty transporting a wheel chair to my numerous doctors’ appointments, rehabilitation groups, and therapy appointments. We decided to look into investing in a wheelchair accessible van but the costs were extremely out of our budget until Positive Changes and Rick came to save the day.

I just wanted to express my gratitude from myself and my family on all that you have done to help our family in our time of need. Because of the generous actions of everyone we were able to receive a wheelchair accessible van that was much needed for my transportation needs. Without the help of your organization and assistance I would have never been able to afford a new vehicle.

I would like to thank everyone that has come together to help me recover and extremely grateful for all the support I have received.
With love,

Amina Patel and family

 

 

As a recipient of Positive Changes, it has been possible for me to live at home and not in a nursing home. With their fundraising efforts and the participation of the many compassionate people that have donated to positive changes, I have been able to get the medical assistance I need to remain healthy and a contributing individual in my community.

My life as a quadriplegic on a ventilator since December 12, 1987 has been very expensive and with the need of 24-hour, seven days a week personal care attendants, my monthly bills can be a burden on my family. Positive Changes has been able to help in this aspect for me to continue being a positive role model as well as an advocate for people with disabilities.

Through fundraising positive changes was able to purchase a 2006 handicap accessible Ford Van so that I may continue helping individuals that are disabled and their families.

Thank you positive changes, I truly believe you are making a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Rick Davidson

 

Dear Rick,

Your organization has been a God send me to obtain a hospital bed, and assistance in delivering my bed.

I have worked with the physically disabled for 25 years and in the past there had always been resources to aid my clients in DME (Durable Medical Equipment) items as well as information and referral.

Sadly many, if not all of those organizations no longer exist, with the exception of Kansas Equipment Exchange. I found it quite a challenge to obtain equipment due to certain barriers I ran into due to communication and other reasons.

As being a Cancer victim and amputation below my left knee, I sought various DME items to aid in retaining my independence. My post amputation became complicated and required a second hospitalization.

I sought assistance from the internal Social Service Department, but they were limited to assist my DME needs. I was also instructed to maintain my elevation on my retaining stub to aid in the healing process. I tried various methods to retain extension of my remaining leg, to successfully be fitted for a prosthetic leg. During my hospitalization I was in a hospital bed that was adjustable to maintain my leg/stub extension.

I was instructed to use a pillow once I returned home to maintain the leg extension during sleep, but due to having restless leg syndrome, the use of a pillow was unsuccessful. I already had difficulty elevating my upper body, having sleep apnea, in a conventional bed.

With the assistance and being able to obtain a hospital bed from Positive Changes, I have not only been able to overcome the mentioned issues, but also eliminated my fall potential sleeping in the donated hospital bed.

Without your organization and assistance I would have never been able to afford as well obtain and adjustable hospital bed.

I cannot express in words of gratitude for all Positive Changes has done to enable my being able to overcome the barriers as well my health, safety and welfare.

Sincerely Yours,
Eddy Rhoads

 

To Positive Changes Inc.,

My name is Mark Hiles and I requested a hospital bed to assist with healing of my feet. I am an insulin dependent diabetic.  In November I had a nail go into my foot and due to neuropathy in my feet I did not know for several days. This caused severe ulcers on my foot. I was hospitalized for 9 weeks as they tried to get my foot healed and my blood sugars under control.

The day I can home from the hospital I was surprised to find a hospital bed in my room. I cannot thank you enough for the hospital bed. It allows me to raise my legs and feet and get the proper position for me to sleep also due to my sleep apnea.

This is a great gift from your organization.

Thank you,

Mark Hiles

Fair Play, Mo.

 

 

To Rick and Positive Changes,

I want you to know how much I appreciate your help with getting me a second case of Barley Green.  Because I have Crohn’s Disease, I can’t eat any foods that contain fiber.  That includes all raw foods. Since Barley Green contains many nutrients that are in the foods that I cannot eat, it’s a major part of a healthy diet for me. Since I’ve had many medical bills this last year, I could not afford to buy the Barley Green myself, and I really don’t think I could survive without it. It’s hard to say just how much Positive Changes has affected my life, but I’m sure it’s significant because my Crohn’s bothers me most in the morning and the Barley Green mixed with grape juice is the only thing I can digest that early in the day.  One morning, I overslept and didn’t take time to take it.  Because I also have hypoglycemia, I had a grand mal seizure because of a sudden drop in blood sugar, fell and hit my head on a concrete floor, fractured my skull, and had to have emergency brain surgery because the fracture sliced a blood vessel in my brain.  I guess what I’m trying to say is there is no way I can tell you how much I appreciate this.

Sincerely,

Nelson Heinke

 

Hi Ricky!
Thank you so much for accepting my friend request. I am not sure you remember me at all but I worked for Mobile Med
Care and Apria Healthcare with Mike and Lonnnie for several years….and did almost all the paperwork for your chairs and
repairs over the years. I was diagnosed with RSD bilateral in both my legs/feet and the neurological disease has continued
to progress. I am the mother of 4 wonderful children ranging in ages from 20 down to 8…2 girls and 2 boys. I am sure,
just like you, I never thought I would be in a wheelchair. I was in a car accident in 1990 that shattered both my legs when
they went into the firewall of a 1976 Ford Truck that I was a passenger in at the time… …on Old Highway 56 in Olathe…the
bridge going over the railroad tracks in front of what was at the time a Gibsons and a Food 4 Less. I have had 11 surgeries
on my feet trying to “fix” them and that is how I ended up with the RSD. I have spent time in and out of a wheelchair since
the accident but became my only safe means of mobility in 2007. I also graduated from Olathe North in 1989 and went to
JCCC. Our paths have crossed many times over the last several decades and I just wanted to take a minute to tell you how
much you have inspired me over the years. I always enjoyed your calls and your caregivers as well…. such great friends
you have. I believe that everything happens for a reason and I know God has big plans for you…you are doing things with
your life to advocate change and awareness that you probably wouldn’t have ever done had your accident not happened.
If not you, then who? Just wanted you to know that even from afar your life and enjoyment of life has touched my own
life….and I wanted to tell you thank you…for your willingness to be the instrument of change, and the voice for of all us
who are differently abled than others. May you be blessed this holiday season as you have truly blessed others! 🙂