Journalist: Iveta Liepa has a rare desease. She has been diagnosed with Sharcho-Marie-Toch (CMT) or muscle paralysis and is disabled since childhood.
Iveta: It all begun with weakness in my legs, knees and feet, and fingers and then the next step was when I was reading my hand fingers would cramp together, making me unable to hold or grab anything without discomfort.
Journalist: Iveta moves around and takes care of herself independently by using her crotches. Yet, because of the desease she has to face a lot of complications in life. She has to go up the stairs to the 4th floor daily to get to her apartment. This process is very slow and physically difficult and tiring for her. Quite often Iveta has to ask her neighbours for help. But this amazing woman is a true warrior! She has a Masters degree in literature and she is working. Truth is that she had to leave her previous job, because she could not type on a computer, because of her disability. After surgery Iveta felt somewhat relived and now she can perform her job, yet the problems did not go away completely. She was currently employed with the Blind Society of Liepaja as a computer tutor. She drives a Volkswagen Golf, which originally was not adjusted to suit her needs, but with a little help of her mechanic gear box, brake pedale and the door were rebuild accordingly to Iveta's basic needs. The car is now 20 years old. Sure it is loved and cherished by the owner, but there is a problem there, that is no longer fixable. So, every month Iveta has to pay two thirds of her disability pension to cover car repair expenses.
Iveta: Right now I get to fix my car more often than I actually get to drive it. I mean I still use the car, because it's the only transportation vehicle I can rely on. I have a deal with my mechanic that I can drop by whenever I need, then he would fix whatever he can. I cannot leave the car overnight, because I simply cannot move around without it. And now, if I wont have my Golf, I would not be able to get work anymore.
Journalist: That is why this woman is asking for your help. Iveta wants to get a newer model car, but she does not know where to get such amount of money.
Iveta: It is my dream now, to get a new car... Maybe not completely new, 2 or 3 years old. Because if it is going to be older than this it would mean never ending repairs again. I believe it is possible and maybe there is somebody, who could even donate a car to me instead of money.
Journalist: To get Iveta's dream car she would need about 8000 thousands lats. The most comfortable car would be something similar to her Golf, because she is so used to it already. The trunk would be an important feature. Quite often Iveta has to leave her things in the car, because she is unable to carry them. If there is anybody, who is willing to help Iveta and make her dream come true, you are welcome to use her bank account number, which is: LV66UNLA0050000075323 to make a donation.