Power Wheelchair Gift from the Scooter Store Brings Mobility to Terminally Ill Alabama Man

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Gift of mobility from The SCOOTER Store gives Robertsdale man a new lease on life while restoring mobility and freedom.

The hardest part of battling terminal illness for William Wilson, 80, has been the loss of mobility and independence. Thanks to The SCOOTER Store, he now has a power wheelchair to keep him on the go.

The SCOOTER Store donated a power wheelchair to Mr. Wilson as part of its “Gift of Mobility” program, which provides mobility equipment and assistance to those who do not have the means to purchase power wheelchairs and scooters. Representatives from The SCOOTER Store worked with the Dream Foundation to make the gift. Today’s delivery was made by Paul Smith, mobility manager, of The SCOOTER Store’s Mobile, Alabama distribution center.

Times have been tough for Mr. Wilson who suffers from congestive heart failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Because of his condition, he cannot go outside anymore and his mobility within the home is very limited. He is also trying to help his wife, Bernice, as she undergoes chemotherapy treatments for cancer.

The couple has neither insurance coverage nor the ability to buy a power wheelchair, so Mr. Wilson was resigned to being immobile. All that changed when he contacted the Dream Foundation and The SCOOTER Store and learned he could receive a power chair for free. The chair is giving him a new lease on life, allowing him to be able to go outside once again and enjoy freedom and independence.

Doug Harrison, CEO and Founder of The SCOOTER Store, says, “We know how much mobility and independence mean to Mr. Wilson, and we are heartened to know this gift will allow him to improve his quality of life.”

Mr. Harrison and his wife, Susanna, started the Gift of Mobility program in December 2002 to help people like Mr. Wilson improve their quality of life by recovering their independence and mobility. Since then, the outreach program has worked with community service organizations to donate power wheelchairs, scooters and manual wheelchairs valued at more than $200,000 a year to people without the resources to pay for mobility equipment. The power wheelchairs and scooters provide people living with disabilities with more freedom and independence.

The Dream Foundation, (http://www.dreamfoundation.org) is the first and largest organization that grants final wishes to adults who have been physically, emotionally, and financially devastated by terminal illness. Now in its 13th year, the Dream Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals and families battling terminal illnesses. Their goal is to ensure that no terminally ill adult whose life ends prematurely passes from this earth without realizing one final wish from the heart.

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, including power wheelchairs and scooters, lifts, ramps and accessories in 47 states, including two stores in Alabama. 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 web site at http://www.thescooterstore.com.

For more information, contact:

Mark B. Leita

Director of Public Affairs - The SCOOTER Store

830-627-4717

mleita @ thescooterstore.com

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