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These are just some examples of help to families and individuals in 2018

Swivel Seat for Car

Mr. H. (age 76) has been taking care of his very seriously disabled wife for a long time. She has had several cerebral infarcts and suffers from one-sided paralysis and cancer. Mr. H. himself has physical handicaps and is being supported by an ambulant care. As Mr. H. drives his wife to the day-care every day, he urgently needs a swivel seat for his car. The foundation subsidized the swivel seat for the car with € 500.00. 2018_01



Platform Lift

Mr. M. (age 64) has multiple sclerosis and his wife suffers from gout, arthrosis and has an artificial hip. Due to their serious walking disability, they cannot manage the 12 steps to their house entrance. They urgently need a platform lift. Their apartment and their car have already been redesigned to take care of their handicaps. The foundation contributed € 3,499.36 to finance the platform lift. 2018_02

NART-Therapy (Neuroactive Reflection Therapy)

Family J. (parents age 42 and 45) have two sons. The older son (age 7) was born prematurely and suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage. He has a tetraspastic (fourfold spasticity) and only 25 % vision. He is a strong boy. He enjoys going to school for handicapped children and knows everything about football. He would love to be a football player himself. In 2017 B. took part in a NART study, which helped him enormously. The spastic in the muscles of the lower limbs reduced significantly. The therapy costs were covered by a foundation. Now the patients are expected to bear the costs for the therapy, which the family is unable to pay as the father is the sole earner. Alteration of their house and the car had already been financed.   The foundation supports the therapy costs with € 5,100.00. 2018_03

Horse Riding Vacation

Ms. P. (age 44) is a single mother of a 9-year-old girl. Since 2017 her daughter is receiving special treatment for OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). The girl feels good and free of OCD symptoms only with animals. She has wished for a horse riding vacation for a long time. Unfortunately, Ms. P., who is also very sick and has a small income, cannot make her daughters wish come true.  The foundation subsidizes the horse riding vacation with € 350.00. 2018_10


Since many years Mr. J. (age 31) is dependent on a wheelchair. Surgery to correct malalignment of his legs did not help. Physical inactivity makes him lose the power of his arms which is needed to be able to use the wheelchair ramp, and he is putting on weight. A handbike could help building up strength again. The foundation subsidized the handbike with € 1,000.00. 2018_13

Tandem Bike

When A. was born, he was diagnosed with trisomy 21. He is now 10 years old. Although inclusion is being supported at his school, he is having difficulties in finding friends. His 21-year-old sister studies in a different city. A. and his mother live in the countryside and would love to do bicycle tours in their leisure time, but they cannot afford the tandem bike which is needed. The foundation contributed € 800.00 to finance the bicycle. 2018_15

Glasses and a Bed

Ms. S. (age 59) had built up a profitable garden centre together with her life mate. After they had broken off, she could not keep the business going and had to file for bankruptcy. A number of diseases, e.g. cancer surgery, make it difficult for her to work full-time, and she has no savings for the most needed things.  The foundation covers the costs of new glasses and a bed with € 1.200.00. 2018_17

Speech and Horse Riding Therapy

Ms. K. (age 34) is a single mother of two sons. The older son (age 4) was born with trisomy 21 and ASD (autism spectrum disorder) is suspected. He does not take visual contact with anyone, does not speak and cannot in other ways show his personal needs (hunger, pains). He is not developing as well as other children, and simply often runs away. His mother and grandparents have found a holiday farm which offers a combination of speech and horse riding therapy and they hope to get some help for the boy there.   The foundation subsidizes the speech and horse riding therapy with € 2,770.00. 2018_18


Upgrade for a Wheelchair

Already quite long Ms. S. (54 J.) lives with chronical diseases. After a fall on moving stairs, she has to use a wheelchair, and due to respiratory insufficiency she needs a portable oxygen devise. As she can barely talk, contact with the outside world mainly happens via the internet on her tablet. The health insurance pays for a new wheelchair with standing frame and extras but not for the increase from 6 to 12 km/h nor for an usb-charger or a 12-volt power outlet. The foundation covered the cost of the upgrade to the amount of € 903.34. 2018_20

Standing Wheelchair

Due to a car accident, Mr. B. (age 23) has been paralyzed since 2014 and is 100% severely disabled. He was in a coma for six months and due to the paraplegia, 70% of his bodily functions failed. His mother, who was living in Mexico at that time, gave up her job and has since taken care of her son. Despite many physical handicaps, Mr. B. resumed his engineering studies after a year. Mr. B. urgently required a standing wheelchair to make his everyday life easier and to gain more independence. The foundation subsidized the standing wheelchair with € 3,000. 2018_22


Mr. S. (age 35) was so badly injured in a snowboard accident so much so that he has since been in a wheelchair. With the help of his parents, he lives independently in a rental apartment and drives a car converted to his needs. Before the accident, Mr. S. used to be very athletic. He wished for a handbike to maintain his muscular strength and not only be dependent on his car. The foundation contributed €4,000 to finance the handbike. 2018_24

Rehabilitation Measure

After a motocross accident, Mr. T. (age 30) is partially paralyzed. Electrostimulation, massages and special training with exoskeleton helped him a lot, so much so that he is able to walk with crutches and even to climb stairs with a walking aid. His health insurance company did not bear the costs for an intensive rehab even though it promised further recovery. The foundation supported the rehabilitation costs with € 8,000. 2018_25

Therapy Tricycle

Mr. L. (age 34) has been suffering from a spina bifida, leg length discrepancy, left leg paresis, hypertension, obesity and much more since 2009. He is 60% severely disabled. A therapy tricycle should enhance his social life, increase his independence significantly and influence his health (weight reduction) positively. His health insurance company only offered him a wheelchair which was not an option due to lack of physical exercise. Mr. L. has very little income from marginal employment and social security.  The foundation supported the therapy tricycle with €2,100. 2018_26


Ms. L. (age 45) fell ill with breast cancer in 2010 and had to give up her job as a professional driver. She had just started retraining in early 2016 when she was diagnosed that cancer had spread to the lungs and liver, as well as the thoracic vertebrae and back. Lung cancer makes Ms. L. respire heavily, and she sits in a wheelchair, due to bone pain. She lives on the 2nd floor. A stairlift now helps her to be able to leave home again and to participate in social life. The foundation contributed € 2,000 to finance the stairlift. 2018_27

Handicapped accessible car

Mr. N. (age 52) is a single father of a 7-year-old daughter. She was born with Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLO syndrome). She is physically and mentally severely disabled: her vision is about 2% and the hearing loss at 50 -60%. Mr. N. did not want to give his daughter to boarding school, so he moved with her to a place where she visits a disability-centered school for the blind. Mr. N. has been taking care of his daughter day and night since 2014 and accompanying her during hospitalization. Due to the many necessary aids, travel by public transport is not possible. They needed a vehicle with a wheelchair ramp and plenty of storage space. Since the two only live on social benefits, child and blind money, they cannot finance a handicapped accessible car. The foundation contributed €5,000 to finance the disabled car. 2018_28

Used Car

The 11-year-old girl S. was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation Type 1 with general speech and developmental delay. She is 80% severely disabled and has nursing grade 2. S. needs daily support, e.g. for regular trips to doctors. The vehicle of the K. family could not be repaired. Mr. K. earns little, and Ms. K. cannot work as she is taking care of her daughter. Therefore, it is not possible for them to save on a new vehicle. The foundation contributed € 3,000 to the financing of the used car. 2018_29


Mr. D. (44 years) has been deaf since birth and also suffers from a mental disorder. He is 100% severely disabled and works in a workshop for people with disabilities. Four years ago, he had to move into a new apartment with his already 12-year-old kitchen. Meanwhile, the fridge and stove are broken. Since he was able to save only € 1,400.00 from his low income, but the offer for the new purchase of a kitchen amounted to more than € 3,000.00, the foundation came up with the difference. The Franz Beckenbauer Foundation contributed € 1,600.00 to the financing of the kitchen. 2018_30


Car conversation

The 11-year-old son of family W. suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He depends on the wheelchair. He attends a special school in an integrative institution. The father works as a locksmith and vulcanizer, the mother on a 425-euro basis as a cleaner. A handicapped accessible car became necessary to cope with everyday family life, as the public network in rural areas is not sufficient. With the support of several foundations, it was possible to buy a used car. The Franz Beckenbauer Foundation took over the cost of the disabled-friendly car conversion of € 8,805.04. 2018_31

Used Vehicle

Ms. K. (age 25) is a single mother of two children (age 1 and age 4). After the divorce from her violent husband, she suffers from severe depression and psychophysical exhaustion. The 4-year-old son suffers from a social adjustment disorder. For this, he undergoes regular examinations and receives special treatment. Since their last apartment was extremely moldy, they had to move in March 2018. Ms. K. desperately needs a vehicle to take her children to kindergarten and pediatricians. Repairing the existing vehicle was no longer useful. The new vehicle facilitates the transportation of the children and the job search considerably. The Franz Beckenbauer Foundation contributed € 3.000.00 to the financing of the used vehicle. 2018_32


Ms. J. (age 60) became ill as a young woman with secondary progressive MS. She is now cared for daily by a nursing service and assistant because she is completely paralyzed, including her hands. Aids and therapies expanded successively. The current standing aid is not movable and of no help, because 1-2 people need 20 minutes to mobilize Mrs. J. in the standing aid. Despite the filing of an objection on the part of the doctor and the physiotherapist, the MDK (medical service of the health insurance companies) and the health insurance company rejected the application for the mobile standing aid Medio Mobilizer. The Franz Beckenbauer Foundation contributed € 2,000.00 to the financing of the mobilizer. 2018_35

Family Van

Ms. W. (age 38) has 7 children, 4 of them with her current husband. The 16-year-old son is autistic, and the 6-year-old son is dysplastic due to lack of oxygen at birth. Ms. W. is the family organizer. Mr. W. is a passionate landscape gardener, but has to stop because of knee osteoarthritis and will be retrained as an alternative practitioner from January 2019 for a year. Their van, which is needed for the smoothly everyday family life, has gearbox failure, which is not worth repairing.   The Franz Beckenbauer Foundation contributed € 4,000 to finance a used bus. 2018_36

Lift for wheelchair users

The now 4-year-old, second daughter of the couple S. (age 34 and age 40) received the diagnosis Atypical Rett Syndrome within her first year of life. She can barely sit, crawl or stand. She is nourished by a feeding tube because she has forgotten how to eat and drink. Frequent epileptic seizures determine her day, that of her mother and her 5-year-old sister. The father is sole earner. The terraced house, which was bought shortly before the birth of the second daughter, is slowly being converted into a handicapped accessible way. The front garden had to be leveled so that a lift for wheelchair users could be installed. The Franz Beckenbauer Foundation contributed € 3,000.00 to the financing of the lift for wheelchair users. 2018_37