The Scooter Store Donates Miracle Power Scooter to Stroke Patient

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Through Gift of Mobility Program Jim Hervey Can Now Make it to Church

Ever since a stroke paralyzed his right side and took away his ability to speak, Jim Hervey hasn't been able to attend church, something he used to do regularly. But on Sunday, Mr. Hervey, 68, and his wife, Mary, will demonstrate before their congregation that miracles come in many forms - including a power scooter.

This week, Roland Martini, Manager of The SCOOTER Store's San Francisco store, delivered a new power scooter to Mr. Hervey under The SCOOTER Store's Gift of Mobility program.

"We always received their advertisements in the mail," said Mrs. Hervey, referring to The SCOOTER Store's mailers. "I decided to write and inquire about a scooter so that my husband could regain his independence."

Mr. Hervey was disabled after suffering a major stroke in 2003. Ever resilient, Mr. Hervey still managed to get around on his one "good leg" until complications from diabetes forced doctors to amputate his leg - completely stifling his mobility, including weekly attendance at Oakland's City of Refuge Tabernacle, Church of God in Christ.

Mr. Hervey's immobility wasn't the only obstacle. At 64, Mrs. Mary Hervey has a medical disability of her own that made it impossible for her to work and take care of her husband in their home. Because Mr. Hervey resided in a rest home, Medicare would not provide a power scooter.

In a handwritten letter to The SCOOTER Store, Mrs. Hervey outlined her husband's plight, offering to pay in small installments, if necessary.

The SCOOTER Store had a better idea and granted Mr. Hervey the Gift of Mobility -free of charge.

"We are extremely happy for the Herveys," said Mr. Doug Harrison, CEO and Founder of The SCOOTER Store. "We started this program to help people like Mr. Hervey improve their quality of life. We are pleased to see that our gifts of mobility are achieving that goal."

Mr. Harrison and his wife, Susanna, started the Gift of Mobility program in December 2002. Since its inception, the outreach program has worked with organizations around the world to yearly donate up to 70 electric wheelchairs and scooters and manual wheelchairs valued at more than $200,000 to community service organizations, enabling them to provide freedom, independence and personal integrity to individuals with limited mobility.

About The SCOOTER Store
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 electric wheelchairs and scooters, lift, ramps and accessories in 47 states, including California. 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

For more information, contact:
Mark B. Leita, Director of Public Affairs,
(830) 627-4717


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