YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) -Tommy Testa has had several medical obstacles in his life and needs a new wheelchair that is going to be costly.
“I knew it was going to be a lot of money because wheelchairs now like mine that are powered, that do a lot of things, can go to $35,000, $40,000.”
Testa has spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA. It’s a disease that affects the spinal cord’s motor skills, robbing people of physical strength and the ability to walk.
His family partnered with the Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini Foundation for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Saturday night. Together, they brought in more than 600 people, raising over $10,000.
“Just the community, really, the outpouring of the community is just…I can’t put it into words,” Testa said.
“Here today was a great turnout and over 90 baskets for the auction, and we’ve already raised over $12,000 to date,” said Maria Meadors from the Mancini Foundation.
Testa says these kinds of expenses are a hardship for disabled people and there’s always something to save up for.
“Disabled people I know, there’s always something that you need…to pay for. There’s always something around the corner from the van to the wheelchair.”
The Mancini Foundation has an online donation center set up for Testa that has been receiving donations from people all over the country.