PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Getting up and down stairs was Roger Madden’s greatest challenge every day.
The disabled veteran suffered a massive stroke a few years ago, and has no Medicare coverage for chairlifts.
But now, Madden’s life has changed for the better.
He now has a chairlift, so he no longer has to crawl up and down his stairs. He also has a scooter and can now take a shower using newly-installed railings.
It’s a bit overwhelming for the man of few words.
KDKA’s Marty Griffin: “It’s very emotional for you? Why is it so emotional?”
Madden: “It’s not something I’m used to.”
Griffin: “What, people taking care of you?”
The men who did the real heavy lifting is the Ponsi family. They did all of the work for free.
“We take it for granted, going up and down the steps, simple acts, going to the restroom, just taking a shower,” said Joe Ponsi, Jr., a businessman. “Things we take for granted every day, you don’t realize there’s so many people out there that need that.”
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