Tommy Stone loves life and wants to keep living it the way he always has -- with enthusiasm and meaning. Life in a wheelchair has not stopped him from doing what he wants, but it has been difficult recently.
Stone needs a new set of wheels. He loves the chair he has been using, but it's a loaner. He said he fits in it, unlike his current chair, which is broken, 8 years old and uncomfortable.
"He started getting pressure sores," said his mother, Jeanne Stone.
It's all insurance will pay for.
"It's horrible. All he wants to do in life is be comfortable. If I'm uncomfortable, I get up and move. If he's not comfortable, his choice is to try to move or to go to bed," Jeanne Stone said.
That's not an option for the social 28-year-old who loves music and art. He has a fulfilling life. That's how it has always been.
Tommy Stone was diagnosed with bilateral schizencephaly as a baby, which means he has a hole in his brain. His whole life has been in a wheelchair. He and his mom said they have never had a problem until he became an adult.
"I think they're just left as adults," Jeanne Stone said.
Rather than wait, Tommy Stone and his friends are making changes happen on their own.
"We were able to hook up with the Community Foundation of Carroll County. They are administering an online raffle they put together," Jeanne Stone said.
Tommy Stone's art and other items are part of the online raffle. They are raising funds for a new Trac wheelchair, and they have almost hit their goal.
"We want him to be comfortable so he can continue, like anybody else, to be able to live and aspire what he wants to do, which is create his art," said his friend, Tina Thomas.
You can donate directly toward Tommy Stone's new wheelchair through his GoFundMe page.