Tony Bandermann behind bars at the Sacramento MDA Lock-up
Another person from MobilityWorks has become a Muscular Dystrophy Association Jailbird!
Here is Tony Bandermann behind bars at the Sacramento MDA Lock-up. His "bail" is set for $1600, which is enough money to send two kids to camp.
At MDA camp, kids with neuromuscular disease discover a world created specifically for them, and meet many other kids sharing the same needs and experiences. MDA campers dream about summer camp all year and often say it’s better than Christmas; some even say it’s changed their lives. Almost all campers agree that it’s "the best week of the year."
MDA camp offers a fun and safe outdoor experience, along with opportunities to engage in a variety of activities such as horseback riding, swimming, adaptive sports, arts and crafts, camp dances and much more. In addition to all of the fun and friendship it offers, MDA camp enables campers to stretch their comfort zones and grow in independence as they spend a week away from home; permit someone other than their parents to provide personal care; and make new friends. If you talk to MDA campers, they’ll tell you the real benefits come in a much subtler form — the lifelong friendships, the increased self-esteem and confidence, and the chance to spend at least one week of the year in a place where physical disabilities are the norm rather than the exception.
Want to help with his release by helping kids get to camp? Click here.
For more information about MDA Camp click here.
Three $500 Grand Prize Winners Selected
Over 4,000 people were entered in our Annual In Motion Sweepstakes. Three $500 Grand Prize winners have been selected. Congratulations to:
Charles Wilkes, The Villages, FL
Loretta Key, Roseville, CA
Kurt Larsen, Chico, CA
Our sincere thanks to everyone who entered. If you inquired about coming in for a van demonstration or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our consultants and have not heard back from us, please call our Client Care Center at 1-877-275-4907. We have new and used models with different types of conversions on-site at each of our store locations.
21 Point Adaptive Equipment Maintenance Inspections
It’s not too late to get your 21-point inspection discount! You can still request a $85.00 21-point maintenance inspection to make sure that all of your vehicle’s adaptive equipment will keep working smoothly. Our In Motion vehicle inspection discount end August 31st. Schedule your inspection special today.
MobilityWorks to Exhibit at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games Expo Tuesday, August 12, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA Booth #310
Come out and visit MobilityWorks on Tuesday, August 12th, when we participate in the 2014 National Veterans Wheelchair Games Expo, being held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.
The Expo is just one part of the week-long (August 12-August 17th) National Veterans Wheelchair Games; a sports and rehabilitation program for military service veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or certain neurological problems.
The event, which attracts over 500 athletes each year, is the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world! The event is organized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America with financial assistance from corporate, civic and veteran service organizations.
Competitive events include; archery, basketball, bowling, hand cycling, power soccer, quad rugby, softball, swimming, track, weight-lifting and more!
For more information on the 2014 National Veterans Wheelchair Games and Expo, please visit; http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/wcg/index.asp
MobilityWorks will be at the Expo with a wheelchair accessible vehicle. Please stop by and visit us at Booth # 310!
Join Us In Huntsville! MobilityWorks Open House and Grand Opening Celebration Planned for October 16th
Our Huntsville Alabama store is planning an Open House and Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, October 16th. But you don't have to wait until then to come and see us! Our staff is on hand now to help anyone with questions about accessible transportation solutions, including vans for rent, scooter lifts, hand controls and more. Stay tuned for more details on the Open House and let Tiana Garner, our Huntsville General Manager know if you'd like to stop by and visit. Call our store's local number at 256-217-9680. We have new and used accessible vans for sale on-site now! You can also join us on Facebook to stay on top of local events and sales.
MobilityWorks of Huntsville
2150 Meridian Street North
Huntsville AL 35811
Next door to the Dollar General store!
M-F 8am to 5pm
A Role Model to His Peers, Aaron Negrete Receives a Brand New Wheelchair Van Donated by Sacramento Auto Dealers
Ten-year-old Aaron Negrete was born without arms or legs. But that hasn't stopped him from living life to the fullest and inspiring others. A local television station reveals the wonderful news about a van donation to a surprised Aaron and mom.
The following is the essay submitted to the National Mobility Awareness Month Van Giveaway Contest back in May, which Aaron didn't win. After seeing his story on Good Day Sacramento, the Greater Sacramento New Car Dealers Association, their foundation partner Shriners Hospitals for Children, and other generous donors worked together to provide his mother Juanita with a brand new Chrysler Town and Country van from MobilityWorks. The modified minivan has a VMI Northstar in-floor ramp conversion perfect for their family needs and the ramp requirements of Aarons' power wheelchair.
Watch his story and van presentation here on Good Day Sacramento.
From the National Mobility Awareness Month contest website...
A hero is someone who deeply influences our lives; someone who faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles with superhuman resilience; a role model — someone we deeply admire and wish to emulate. Aaron Negrete is one such person.
Aaron is 10 years old. He was born with Tetra-Amelia syndrome, leaving him without arms or legs. Every day presents new challenges for him, but he is determined to not let his disability interfere with his life. With relentless dedication, Aaron has learned to do many things by himself. He can now maneuver across a room, write and draw using a pencil in his mouth, and even swim. Last year, he played the lead in the school play, and will play the Lion in “The Wizard of Oz” this spring.
Aaron’s strength, optimism, and sense of humor make him a role model to his peers. He helps other students overcome their fear of being different. As he explained in second grade, “It really doesn’t matter what color your skin is, how tall you are, or if you have any arms or legs. Because inside we’re all just kids or people. We’re all the same inside even if we look different on the outside.” Watching Aaron overcome his limitations inspires other students to overcome their own. His compassion, empathy, and thoughtfulness for others are truly inspirational, to adults and students alike. Volunteers who have worked with him have become so impressed with his capabilities, compassion, and wisdom that some have actually gone to Congress to push for more laws to help the physically challenged.
Aaron has many dreams for the future. One of his dreams is to design cars. He cherishes his independence, and strives to accomplish as much as he can by himself. His electric wheelchair gives him the freedom of mobility most of us take for granted. To use it, he needs a special wheelchair-accessible van. His current van is almost 20 years old, and requires constant maintenance. Aaron’s mom works two jobs to support their family, and cannot afford a newer, reliable van -- or one of the better used handicap vans for sale. Without the opportunity to explore his world and have the same life experiences as an able-bodied child, Aaron may not be able to accomplish his many dreams.
Aaron has a promising future. He is our local hero, our inspiration. Assisting him to have the independence he so greatly deserves would make a world of difference in his life.