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July 12, 2012

Online campaign aims to get 8-year-old girl a new wheelchair, special equipment for van

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David said they originally went to their insurance provider to try to get a new wheelchair, but they were turned down because their insurance will only cover the cost of purchasing a new wheelchair once every five years, and Macey has only had her current wheelchair for about half of that time.
In an effort to cover the cost of the new equipment, Heather has created a campaign through indiegogo.com, a fundraising website, called “Macey’s New Adventure.” 
Indiegogo allows people to create and share fundraising campaigns over the internet using social media. If enough people visit a campaign page, indiegogo gives it a featured spot on the website’s homepage so that it is more visible to potential donors.
Macey’s campaign is straightforward, if a bit daunting — raise the $15,000 in 60 days before the campaign expires. 
There is no minimum or maximum donation amount requested, and the Powells ask that anyone willing to donate give whatever they can. So far 10 donors have put a total of $380 toward Macey’s campaign.
The campaign currently has 52 days remaining.
As a way of saying thank you to donors, the Powells are offering rewards for donations that vary based on the size of the donation. A dollar donation gets the donor a “kiss from Macey,” either in person or in the form of a short video. Those who donate $100 are invited to the Powell’s house for a cookout and campfire sing-along. People willing to donate $500 or more and living in the Pulaski or Cincinnati qualify for a visit and personal thank you from the family.
While the large dollar amount seems difficult to reach, and the time to reach it may seem short, the Powells aren’t worried.
“We’re 100 percent confident that, with the support of our family, friends and neighbors, we are going to meet it,” Heather said.
The indiegogo.com campaign will be accepting donations until September 2, 2012. Donors can send contributions by credit, debit or Paypal until that time. 
For more information about Macey and the Powells’ campaign, visit www.indiegogo.com/maceysnewadventure.   

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