Disabled Sacramento Woman, 110, Receives Power Wheelchair Donation from The SCOOTER Store

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Gift of mobility lets supercenteniarian better enjoy her time with friends and family

Two years ago, Mrs. Ruby Pittman moved into a senior citizen center to enjoy the company of other seniors. But lately her mobility limitations have made it increasingly difficult for her to go to the dining room, and enjoy card games and Bingo. Thanks to a power wheelchair donated by The SCOOTER Store, Mrs. Pittman can now enjoy more freedom and independence.

Today, Eugene Harris, Mobility Manager at The SCOOTER Store’s Sacramento distribution center, and Dawn Wareham, the Account Manager, presented the chair to Mrs. Pittman. Her daughter, Paulette Helton, was at her side. The SCOOTER Store worked with the ADL Foundation/Mobility Aids for the Uninsured, based in Alamogordo, N.M., to donate the chair as part of the company’s “Gift of Mobility” program, which helps people in need receive power wheelchairs and scooters.    

Mrs. Pittman, or “Mother Ruby” as she is frequently called, is an advisor to many and the matriarch of six generations of her family. She is extremely proud of her two great, great, great grand-daughters, ages seven and two-months. Mrs. Pittman never went to school as a young child but always had a love for poems. So at the age of fifty, she enrolled into night school, sharpened her writing skills and wrote a book of poems that has sold more than 200 copies in the community. She is so popular at the senior center that other seniors would lend her their power wheelchairs so she could get around. She has a manual wheelchair, but her 97-year-old friend can no longer push it for her.

Mrs. Pittman spent her life raising her family while also working as a nanny and community liaison for the local housing authority. Ms. Helton says her mother “just loves being around people” and is fortunate to still receive daily visitors.

During a recent visit from her granddaughter, Mrs. Pittman saw power wheelchairs on a television advertisement for The SCOOTER Store. They decided to call and get more information. Initially, they were disappointed when Mrs. Pittman’s insurance would not pay for a power wheelchair, but later they were thrilled to learn about The SCOOTER Store’s Gift of Mobility program, which makes power mobility equipment available to people without the insurance coverage or resources to pay for it.

“We are happy that Mrs. Pittman can continue being an active senior citizen and enjoy the company of her friends and family,” said Doug Harrison, CEO and founder of The SCOOTER Store. “We started the program to help people like Mrs. Pittman improve their mobility and enjoy more freedom and independence.”

Mr. Harrison and his wife, Susanna, started the Gift of Mobility program in December 2002 to help people in need acquire power mobility equipment that can improve their quality of life. Since then, the outreach program has worked with organizations around the world to donate power wheelchairs, scooters and manual wheelchairs valued at more than $200,000 a year to community service organizations, enabling them to provide freedom and independence to individuals with limited mobility.

About The SCOOTER Store

Since 1991, The SCOOTER Store has helped provide freedom and independence to more than 300,000 people with limited mobility. The SCOOTER Store offers a full line of durable medical equipment, such as power wheelchairs and scooters, lifts, ramps and accessories in 47 states, including four California locations - Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. 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 more information, contact:

Mark B. Leita

Director of Public Affairs - The SCOOTER Store

830-627-4717

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