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My Van is a Blessing. My Whole Life Has Changed!

Today we share a special message of hope from MobilityWorks’ client Pam Holliman, a remarkable woman who has endured significant pain and suffering in her fight with diabetes.

"I would love to share my experience with others out there that are like me and never knew MobilityWorks existed and could change their lives as it did for me.

My van is a blessing. I don't have to depend on anyone. I am so mobile. I can do my own grocery shopping and go everywhere. It has been a blessing to me and I want to thank those who worked on my application and had it approved. God is so good… and I know they will be blessed.

I got sick in Oct. 2012 and stayed 5 months in the hospital and 3 months in rehab because of complications from diabetes. I went through 11 surgeries, 3 strokes and died twice from my artery bleeding out. Muscle was taken from my stomach to repair it. When I came out of the hospital my left leg was amputated above the knee.

The team at MobilityWorks in Gallatin, TN was awesome. My whole life has changed because everyone went the extra mile for me. Today I am alive with no pain. Thanks for everything."

— Pam Holliman

“FinancialWorks approved her (for financing) when no one else would. We truly changed Pam’s life for the better and that’s why our business is so special.”

— Theo Stratos, MobilityWorks Financing

Diabetes in the United Sates

Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. That's almost 10% of the population, including 25% of seniors. The American Diabetes Association has published a Fast Facts document containing data and statistics about diabetes (see the link below for details). You can also learn more about the ADA an how to avoid diabetes or to help others by going to

Download your copy of Fast Facts here.



Mobility Awareness Month Featured Client Misty Hayes – Colquitt, GA

When Misty Hayes was a little girl, her mother taught her that she could do anything if she worked hard. She is our NMEDA Mobility Awareness Month Client Profile #15

Misty's Story:

My name is Misty Morning Hayes. I have a type of Muscular Dystrophy. My younger sister, Crystal Anderson has the same disease. We are both in wheelchairs as a result. We both need a wheelchair accessible van, but can’t afford it.
I need your help to help me to continue to be independent. I work forty hours a week with adults with developmental disabilities in a neighboring town. When I was a little girl, my mother taught me that I could do anything if I work hard. Although it is a struggle to work a full time job, I believe I can make a difference in the lives of these individuals with disabilities. I can encourage and lift them up when they are feeling down. I have worked at this center for almost 12 years. I enjoy my job. However, to continue working at my job, I need dependable transportation. I would be so appreciative to be able to own a new van. I have been praying for a new vehicle. I believe this contest could be the miracle I have been praying for. Please help us make our dream a reality. Vote for me, Misty Hayes and also for my sister, Crystal Anderson each day. God Bless!!

You can vote for Misty here:


Cleveland Performance Inspires and Entertains in World Premier of ‘Rock That Rolls’

Wheelchair Dance Choreography and Rock Classics Combine in Dancing Wheels Company & School Ground-Breaking Recital

The world-renowned wheelchair dance team ‘Dancing Wheels Company & School’ of Cleveland, Ohio performed to an array of rock classics in an April 11th performance titled “Rock That Rolls”. The inspiring dance team, made up of able-bodied and wheelchair dancers, male and female, displayed grace, beauty and, above all, the ability to perform. The unforgettable show of physically integrated dance was held at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium and Convention Center.

At far right on stage is Mary Verdi Fletcher, Dancing Wheels President & Founding Artistic Director

Dancing Wheels was started by founding artistic director, Mary Verdi Fletcher, also one of the dancers on stage. Held at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium, Rock That Rolls dances were choreographed by four emerging choreographers from New York City.

For more information about the Dancing Wheels Company & School, including upcoming events and summer classes, go to


The MobilityWorks Foundation Raises Over $20,000 to Help Individuals In Need

On Saturday, March 29th, The MobilityWorks Foundation brought Put-In-Bay entertainers to the Tangier in Akron. Performers included singer, songwriter and comedian; Mike “Mad Dog” Adams, as well as THE REESE DAILEY BAND and THE FLYIN JAYS.

Over $20,000 was raised from the sale of tickets for the event, as well as from a silent auction and a reverse raffle. The proceeds will benefit the MobilityWorks Foundation, supporting Hattie Larlham a nonprofit organization that provides care to children and adults with developmental disabilities.

A special thanks to all our volunteers!


Breakthrough in Spinal Cord Stimulation Seeing Miraculous Results

Implantation of Epidural Stimulator Allows Participants to Move Lower Extremities ‘On Command’ in New Miracle Development

“We are waking up the spinal cord to send signals to the brain.”

Photo courtesy of the University of Louisville.

Researchers have made significant progress in helping spinal cord injury patients to produce volunteer activity in lower extremities by using ‘epidural spinal cord stimulation’. The procedure was first announced in 2011 after it was discovered that Rob Summers, the very first participant, could control the movement in his big toe while they were testing for something else. The doctors first thought he was joking around when he said, "Look, I can move my big toe on command. You guys better come check this out."

Since then, all four men in the initial first study have been able to show volunteer activity after having the new epidural stimulation procedure. All had chronic motor complete spinal cord injury, with two of the four being diagnosed as ‘motor and sensory complete’, which generally means that there was no chance of recovery. They are now looking to expand the sample size so they can reproduce the results -- and one day move it toward a clinical treatment for everyone.

Rob Summers, showing the most advanced results, has had bowel, bladder and sexual function restored, in addition to having sensory feelings returned, including hot and cold touch. He can also do situps and trunk rotation.

Appearing on Fox Business Network’s 'Lou Dobbs Tonight' on April 9th, Rob Summers called it a ‘miracle’ for everyone with SCI.

“It really is (a miracle) that is leading to a greater quality of life today for myself and ultimately for so many others that live day to day with paralysis.” — Rob Summers

Expansion of the study to four more participants will occur soon according to Dr. Claudia Engeli, Senior Researcher at the Human Locomotion Research Center at Frazier Rehab Institute.

“We are waking up the spinal cord to send signals to the brain... Hopefully this will become a clinical treatment in the short run”, said Dr. Angeli. “We’re on the right path.”

Angeli is also an assistant professor at the University of Louisville Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center (KSCIRC).
Participating in the study are researchers from the University of Louisville, University of California Los Angeles and California Institute of Technology.

The National Institutes of Health also published an article on the study here. To learn more about spinal cord stimulation, go to the University of California Los Angeles UCLA Spine Center.

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