Woman Gets New Wheelchair Ramp After Old One Vandalized
(Memphis) It was a moment of celebration for Windsong Levitch as she rolled her wheelchair out onto the new ramp leading out of her house.
It meant freedom after vandals destroyed her old one.
“Its life,” said Levitch. “It’s literally life.”
Polio bound Levitch to a wheelchair years ago and with no ramp, she was a prisoner in her own home.
She couldn’t help but fear the worst after her last home burned.
“I have rolled to this door and looked out at this gaping chasm and I’ve thought to myself, ‘If this house catches on fire, I’m gone’,” she said.
Thankfully, Mrs. Tennessee International, Traci Pangonas, saw a report on Levitch’s need and decided to act, when others wouldn’t.
She says others judged the Native American because of the way she looks.
Levitch has blue hair, piercings, and tattoos on over her face and body.
“She’s got a lot of spunk and she’s just neat,” said Pangonas.
She got Lowes in Bartlett to donate the wood, while Don Tillilie Homes built the new ramp.
“She’s in a wheelchair that weighs a lot,” said Pangonas. “Her husband can’t get it out of the house. You can’t get it down the stairs,” she added. “She’s basically landlocked in her home. No one needs to feel like that, so this is her freedom.”
Levitch said through tears, “There are no words to say thank you for giving back someone their life and their freedom.”
What vandals destroyed, goodness rebuilt, bigger and better.
“I was truly losing my faith that people don’t care and it’s saved now,” said Levitch. “I’m safe.”
The Levitch’s say they know who might have vandalized their old ramp but they have no way to prove it.