Bridgeport woman with Parkinson’s disease needs help getting ramp for home
A Bridgeport woman with Parkinson's disease is asking the community for help so she can safely get around.
Mary Carlona, 60, used to work as a branch manager for Bank of America. However, she says a lot has changed in her life ever since she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease five years ago.
"I used to be active in the community, the Barnum Festival, and things of that nature," she says. "I used to enjoy interacting with my customers, going out on calls, talking to my customers and making their needs met."
Carlona says Parkinson’s disease led to her brother’s death and has left her he unable to eat. She has to use a feeding tube to stay alive.
"It's very depressing not being able to go out," she says. "It's very hard for me to even wrap my head around being so sick and being so ill and not being able to do what I used to do and achieve my goals that I want to do."
On top of this, Carlona says she can't afford a ramp to get in and out of her home, making regular medical appointments both dangerous and stressful.
City Councilwoman Jeanette Herron says she's praying for an Easter miracle for Carlona.
"The contractor out there, please come and try to help her, the stairwells are breaking, her back porch is broken," Herron says. "Today is Easter and it's about hope and renewal, and I'm hoping that someone will reach out and renew Mary's dreams of becoming independent."
Herron hopes someone who understands the difficulties of Parkinson's disease will be willing to lend a hand to a woman who's spent her life working hard and helping others.