Global Mobility and Team Gleason Partner to Provide Wheelchairs to Kids in Guatemala

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Global Mobility USA, a California-based nonprofit humanitarian organization providing wheelchairs at no cost to children and adults in need around the world, announces a partnership with Team Gleason, of the Gleason Initiative Foundation to bring wheelchairs to children in Guatemala. Team Gleason's recent $6000 donation will support Global Mobility's wheelchair and seating clinic on July 12-13, 2016 in Escuintla, Guatemala by providing for 20 complex pediatric wheelchairs for children.

Global Mobility USA, a Van Nuys, California-based nonprofit humanitarian organization providing free wheelchairs to children and adults in need around the world announced today an alliance with Team Gleason of the Gleason Initiative Foundation to bring wheelchairs to children in Guatemala. This partnership will support Global Mobility’s wheelchair fitting and seating clinic on July 12-July 13, 2016 in Escuintla, Guatemala. Team Gleason’s recent $6000 donation to Global Mobility will provide for 20 complex pediatric wheelchairs for children.

“The joint effort between Global Mobility and Team Gleason is an excellent example of how two like-minded organizations can work together to give the gift of ability to those in need,” said Chris Grange, COO of Global Mobility USA. “We are deeply thankful for Team Gleason’s generosity to our efforts in Guatemala and commend their commitment to providing leading-edge technologies to individuals with neuromuscular diseases.”

It is estimated that 70 million people around the world need a wheelchair but only 5-15 percent have access to one. Since 2012, Global Mobility USA has been providing appropriate wheelchairs for free to persons with disabilities around the world. The wheelchairs provided in the Guatemala initiative have been manufactured by Global Mobility’s partner organization, Hope Haven Guatemala.

“One of our core missions is to help provide technology and equipment for those most vulnerable,” said Blair Casey, Team Gleason’s Director of Technology and General Manager. “We are incredibly proud to join Global Mobility in helping children regain a sense of independence through the gift of wheelchairs.”

About Global Mobility USA
Global Mobility USA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit humanitarian organization committed to serving the needs of persons with disabilities around the world who are in need of a free wheelchair or other mobility assistance. Founded by David Richard in 2012, Global Mobility USA has a particular focus on ensuring that persons with disabilities are properly matched and fitted for the wheelchair that best serves their need. For more information about Global Mobility USA, visit http://www.globalmobilityusa.org.

About Team Gleason
Steve Gleason will always be remembered for his blocked punt on the night the New Orleans Super- dome reopened for the first time after Hurricane Katrina. Steve played for The New Orleans Saints from 2000-2008. In 2011, Steve was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), considered a terminal neuro-muscular disease. Steve is determined to inspire others by continuing to pursue life adventures despite his diagnosis, and has challenged the worlds of technology and science to foster and identify their most promising developments. Steve and his friends and family started Team Gleason to raise funding to empower those with ALS to live a rewarding life through innovative equipment and technology, to generate public awareness for ALS by providing and documenting extraordinary adventures, and to create a global conversation around ALS to ultimately find a treatment or cure. For more information about Team Gleason, visit http://www.teamgleason.org.

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