The Scooter Store's Gift of Mobility Delivers Joy to Disabled Charleston Clown

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The SCOOTER Store Donates Power Scooter to Stephen Jarrett, 57, a Double Amputee Charleston, WV.

As we strive to be good corporate citizens, our Gift of Mobility program allows us to give back. We hope that this scooter allows Mr. Jarrett to continue doing what he loves the most - making people laugh.

Dressed in a full clown costume, donning a polka-dot hat atop a bright red wig, Stephen Jarrett has spent years delivering the gift of laughter to others. Rolling around town in a tattered power scooter, the 57-year-old double amputee finds purpose in making people happy. Today, The SCOOTER Store delivered a special gift to Mr. Jarrett to help him continue on his mission.

As part of its Gift of Mobility program, Mr. Jarrett received a new power scooter from The SCOOTER Store that was delivered to his home on Wednesday morning. The donation was made in partnership with Dream Foundation, the nation's first and largest organization that grants wishes to adults who have been physically, emotionally and financially devastated by serious illness.

"Through our ongoing partnership with The SCOOTER Store, Dream Foundation is helping to fulfill Mr. Jarrett's dream and the dreams of so many others who want to enjoy more freedom and mobility," said Dream Foundation Program Manager Jackie Waddill.

On hand to present the Pride "Go-Go Elite Traveller" power scooter chair were employees from The SCOOTER Store's Dunbar, store - Jim Blevins, The SCOOTER Store's Account Manager, and David Paulos, Regional Operations Manager.

Mr. Jarrett's plight touched the ears and hearts of executives at The SCOOTER Store, and Dream Foundation. Every Saturday, Mr. Jarrett paints on a smiling face and slips into a clown costume to lighten up the spirits of residents at nearby nursing homes and homeless shelters. Recently, Mr. Jarrett's weekly trips became increasingly difficult because his scooter kept breaking down.

The SCOOTER Store then partnered with Dream Foundation to provide mobility assistance to the Charleston resident, who did not meet his medical insurance guidelines for a new wheelchair and could not afford to pay for another chair on his own.

"The Gift of Mobility Program is about helping people continue to do the things that matter to them the most," Mr. Paulos said as he watched Mr. Jarrett learning how to maneuver his new scooter around the house. "This is definitely my favorite part of the job."

Doug Harrison, the founder and CEO of the SCOOTER Store created the Gift of Mobility Program in December 2002. Since its inception, the outreach program has donated more than $200,000 per year in wheelchairs and scooters to community service groups like the Dream Foundation, a national organization that grants the last request of terminally ill adults.

"We are pleased that Mr. Jarrett's quality of life and those whom he touches with laugher will be improved by our contribution," said Mr. Harrison, who started the company with his wife, Susanna, in 1991. "As we strive to be good corporate citizens, our Gift of Mobility program allows us to give back. We hope that this scooter allows Mr. Jarrett to continue doing what he loves the most - making people laugh."

Since 1991, The SCOOTER Store has helped provide freedom and independence to more than 280,000 people with limited mobility. The SCOOTER Store offers a full line of durable medical equipment, including power wheelchairs and scooters, lift, ramps and accessories through 126 locations covering 47 states, including West Virginia. The SCOOTER Store has worked with more than 100,000 physicians, providing expertise and quality service to their patients, and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care. For additional information, visit The SCOOTER Store website at http://


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