Both Nick and Alejandra have disabilities and use wheelchairs. Nick is dependent on a ventilator. They live in a 12th floor apartment in lower Manhattan and have no power or running water, and very intermittent cell phone service.
They are in desperate need of wheelchair/marine batteries to power Nick's ventilator and related equipment, as well as another inverter and battery charger.
They have a brigade of people hauling the batteries up and down the twelve stories to take the batteries off site to charge them, but need more batteries.
Going to a hospital is not a viable option, as it is very difficult and life threatening to move Nick.
Nick and Alejandra are very active advocates for people with disabilities in New York and around the country, and need the community's support during this disaster.
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