AFGE/NBPC Local 1613 is working with El Cajon Border Patrol Station Welfare and Recreation to raise money to purchase a stand up motorized mobile unit for Border Patrol Agent Anthony “Tony” Ponzio.
On December 5, 2015, Border Patrol Agent Anthony “Tony” Ponzio was struck by a vehicle while bicycling off-duty in Alpine, CA. Due to the extent and severity of his injuries, Tony was emergency-airlifted from the scene to Sharp Memorial Hospital suffering from multiple broken bones and internal bleeding. Agent Ponzio survived the accident but after three months in various hospitals, multiple surgeries, intense inpatient rehabilitation and physical therapy, he is now confined to a wheelchair. Additional surgeries, coupled with inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and physical therapy continue to be necessary. Tony’s insurance does not cover this type of expense.
The standing machine itself promotes increased bone density and aids in preventing bone fractures paraplegics often suffer. Standing also aids in digestion and circulation adding to the users well-being and possibly preventing unwanted blood clots which is a common risk due to spending an inordinate amount of time sitting.
This device would drastically improve Tony’s quality of life and allow him to have more movement. The doctor believes that this would possibly improve his overall mental and physical health.
The total cost of the device is $24,999.00.
Donations can be made to:
Cabrillo Credit Union.
Cabrillo members can transfer funds directly into:
Account number 90300, ID: 08, Name: Welfare
Make checks payable to El Cajon Welfare and Recreation and mail to:
8404 N. Magnolia Ave Ste. I. , Santee, Ca. 92071.
If you have any question you can contact:
Terence L. Shigg
NBPC Local 1613 President
800.620.1613 ext 80