Like most of you, I have never had to worry about having to crawl on the ground or be carried by a family member or friend. As I turn 60, I realize how blessed I am to have enjoyed excellent health and medical care. I never had to fear or experience the physical ravages from polio and other birth defects, war, landmines, horrendous natural disasters or contaminated water. Unfortunately over 100,000,000 people in this world are not in my position. They are disabled and face basic mobility issues on a daily basis. It aﬀects their ability to go to school, to get a job, to travel to the market and to merely socialize with friends.
I am proud to say that the Wheelchair Foundation has now helped over one million people in 156 countries by providing them with that simple gift of mobility: a wheelchair. Over the years I have had the honor, pleasure and privilege to change lives. From visiting small towns high in the Andes by train with college classmates, to returning to Vietnam with Veterans to help out Agent Orange and landmine victims, to assisting the elderly in Monterrey, Mexico with other Rotarians, to distributing wheelchairs with Wine for Wheels friends in remote African villages to people aﬄicted with AIDS and polio, I have learned to appreciate life. They do not take mobility for granted in these parts of the world.
Choose the gift of mobility this holiday season by dedicating gifts to your friends and family and sponsoring wheelchairs in the name, honor or memory of someone you love. For your donation of $150, you will receive a beautiful presentation folder with a photo of a recipient, and a personalized certiﬁcate thanking or honoring that special person in your life.
Donations in any dollar amount help change the lives of those who are less fortunate and in need of mobility.
With your gift of $100 or more, we will send you a white triple function pen with ﬂashlight and stylus to remind you throughout the year of your generous donation.
As an additional token of our appreciation, with your donation of $500 or more, we will include our reusable, insulated, tote-cooler bag.
No shopping, wrapping or shipping! Simply call us directly at 877.378.3839, donate on line through our website (www.wheelchairfoundation.org), or use the enclosed envelope to donate by mail. Please make your donations by December 10th to allow suﬃcient time for us to prepare and mail your customized presentation folders.
We at the Wheelchair Foundation are exceedingly grateful for your decision to provide the gift of mobility and allow us to continue the mission of reaching One Million and Beyond. Thank you for your generous support of those wo are less fotunate that we are. Happy Holidays!
David E. Behring