The The Wheelchair Foundation, a division of Global Health and Education Foundation,
a 501(c)3 charitable foundation, has a goal to provide a free wheelchair to every child,
teen and adult worldwide who needs one but has no means to acquire one.
Fourth-grader Eddie Park, 9, navigates through his classroomin a wheelchair Feb. 7 at Vintage Hills Elementary School in Pleasanton. Students at the school had the use of 10 wheelchairs to experience what it is like to navigate the campus in one. Photo by Anda Chu / Bay Area News Group
This article is borrowed from the Contra Costa Times and is shared in it's entirety. To read the original article written by Robert Jordan click here.
SAN RAMON -- Don Routh's lips still tremble and his eyes fight back tears as he recalls the day 34 years ago when doctors told him that his then 1-year-old son, Josh, would never speak or have use of his limbs.
Doctors diagnosed Josh with cerebral palsy, a developmental disability that is caused by brain damage -- usually sustained in the womb or at birth -- that affects body movement, according to United Celebral Palsy.
"I was terrified," said Routh, who adopted Josh when he was two days old. "That was my son and to hear that he would be a quadriplegic was tough. ... But you can either bury your head in the sand or you can embrace it."
Routh has done more than embrace it. He has spent his money and time advocating for people with disabilities. The doctors were wrong about Josh. Josh, 35, lives by himself in San Ramon and works as a clerk at Nob Hill Foods.
Together Routh, Josh and Bill Wheeler, the owner of Black Tie Transportation in Pleasanton... Click here to read the rest of this inspiration story.
Dignity and Strength shown on the face of this greatful recipient. Photo Credit: Rebecca Wilks, Skyline Images.
In late January Rotary District 5490 visited Hermosillo, Mexico and distributed 110 wheelchairs. Rebecca Wilks, MD, a Past President of Peoria North Rotary Club, attended the distribution and wrote the below story.
“I have some history with the Wheelchair Foundation. I’d read Ken Behring’s Book, Road to Purpose. Our club honors High School Students of the Month with wheelchairs donated in their names. I’d even had (thwarted) plans to join another wheelchair distribution trip to Mexico several years ago.”
“There were 49 of us, Rotarians from Arizona and friends on a bus. We were lavishly entertained in Hermosillo by our partners in this endeavor, the Hermosillo Pitic Rotary Club. Like many International Rotary trips, it was as much a cultural exchange as a service trip.”
“Rotary District 5490 has been delivering Wheelchair Foundation chairs to various parts of Mexico for at least a decade.”
“There were 8 Rotarians and spouses from our club, Peoria North Rotary. We helped to deliver 110 wheelchairs that Saturday. A dozen went to Guaymas to be used short-term on a rotating basis. We were honored to hear some personal stories from the recipients and to see the power of connection of people across cultures.”
“I’ll let the images tell the stories.”
View additional photos from Rebecca here.
A Great Humanitarian Passes...
Photo: 2001 wheelchair distribution with Nelson Mandela at his home in Pretoria.
The world has lost one of its greatest leaders, Nelson Mandela. He was a friend, advisor and teacher to me. In 2001, I met him in Johannesburg for a distribution of wheelchairs. He had been sick and was going for chemotherapy that afternoon, so I spent the morning with him. We talked about world events and his life experiences. Because of his illness, we arranged for the distribution to take place at his home. When the wheelchair recipients arrived, Mandela met with each one and gave each child a kiss. I saw for myself what a great man he was and how much he cared for people.
At the press conference after the distribution, Mandela said, "I am very happy that Mr. Behring has been so generous in bringing us these wheelchairs." Then, turning to me, he said, "It is one thing to ask for help, but when someone comes to you on his own and gives you something without asking for anything in return, this is a sign of true friendship." I was overwhelmed.
Two years later, I had the honor of being one of the guests at his 85th birthday party. Though I brought him a small gift, there was no way to measure or thank him for the gift he gave me—the gift of his example of compassion, humility, sacrifice, forgiveness and love. It is the gift he gave the world. - Kenneth E. Behring
Across the United States people need wheelchairs. For the price of one cup of coffee a week you can be the one to change a persons life. Will you be the one?
Did you know: According to the International Coffee Organization (ICO) it is estimated that 1.6 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide everyday? Now imagine if just a small percentage of those cups of coffee were skipped and the cost of that cup went to providing hope, mobility and freedom to those that need it but can't afford it.
The World Helth Organization says "The wheelchair is one of the most commonly used assistive devices for enhancing the personal mobility of people with disabilities. An estimated 1% of the world's population, or just over 65 million people, need a wheelchair. In most developing countries, few of those who need wheelchairs have access, production facilities are insufficient and wheelchairs are often donated without the necessary related services. Providing wheelchairs that are appropriate, well-designed and fitted not only enhances mobility, but also opens up a world of education, work and social life for those in need of such support."
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