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Paying it Forward—and Paying it Back—A Heartwarming Story!

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After working tirelessly for 12 hours to put out an intense fire; firefighters Tim Young and Paul Hullings of New Jersey stopped at a small café for breakfast.

The waitress at the cafe; Liz Woodward, overhead the firefighters talking about the grueling fire.

When it came time for the firefighters to leave; Liz gave them a note on their Guest Check, letting them know that their breakfast was her treat—as a show of appreciation for their courage and bravery.

The firefighters were touched by Liz’s compassion and generosity. To show his appreciation, Tim Young shared Liz’s note on Facebook—encouraging people to visit the café—and to tip Liz well!

The story would be touching enough even if it ended there—but it doesn’t.

The firefighters learned that Liz’s father, Steve, has been a quadriplegic for the last five years. Liz had set-up a donation page to help her father raise money to purchase a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

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Tim Young encouraged everyone he knew through Facebook to help out Liz in her efforts to raise money. Within just a few days, she had received donations of more than $70,000—far more than she had even initially requested.

Liz and her family could not be more grateful to the firemen, and to all those who contributed to her fundraiser.

Paying it forward—and paying it back. With kindness—much can be achieved!

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—Credit: www.boreddaddy.com for story content and photos.

Ride-Away and Mobility Freedom Now Part of the MobilityWorks Family

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East Coast and TX Showrooms Add 22 More Locations for People to Find the Right Accessible Van or Rental

MobilityWorks is growing once again with the merger of HASCO Medical, Inc.  They are the parent company of Ride-Away and Mobility Freedom accessible van dealerships.

With Ride-Away and Mobility Freedom’s sales, service and van rental centers, MobilityWorks will now have a combined 57 locations in 21 states. What this means to our clients is that they will have more locations to get service and rentals… and there will be a lot more options toward the selection of a vehicle. We will also be looking to learn and improve upon all of our operations for a better client experience at all of our stores.

“They are a great group of dedicated and experienced people with really good reputations for serving the client. We are glad to have Ride-Away and Mobility Freedom on our team” said Bill Koeblitz, President/CEO of MobilityWorks.

For more details on the merger, go to the PRWeb Press Release titled Merger Between MobilityWorks and HASCO Medical Completed.

Ride-Away and Mobility Freedom Locations

CT

East Hartford, Connecticut

FL

Bunnell, Florida

Clermont, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Lake Worth, Florida

Largo, Florida

Miami, Florida

Ocala, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Tampa, Florida

MA

North Attleboro, Massachusetts

Norwood, Massachusetts

MD

Beltsville, Maryland

Parkville, Maryland

ME

Gray, Maine

NH

Londonderry, New Hampshire

NY

Long Island City, New York (Commercial Sales)

PA

Norristown, Pennsylvania

TX

Waco, Texas

VA

Norfolk, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

VT

Essex Junction, Vermont

These showrooms will soon be added to the MobilityWorks Locations page. If you have any questions or need to contact one of these stores, please contact one of our Client Care Center representatives.

 

 

Hands Free Prototype Wheelchair Moves by Leaning Forward or Side-to-Side

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Wheelchair of the Future?

After four years of research and development, Kevin Halsall has finally unveiled his incredible new invention. The New Zealand native has created a hands free prototype wheelchair for his friend Marcus Thompson, who was paralyzed after a skiing accident. The OGO is a mix of a wheelchair and a Segway that balances on two wheels, adjusting and moving as the person sitting in the chair leans forward, backward, or side to side. Halsall, who is an engineer by trade, purchased a Segway, disassembled the device and then reconstructed it around a wheelchair.

“It’s one of the life affirming things that this machine does, it puts you in touch with your whole body again,” Mr. Thompson said.

The OGO has a top speed of 12 miles per hour and the wheels can even be swapped out for off-road capabilities. Its’ heavy duty battery gives it an expected range of almost 18 miles and the lightweight frame makes it easy to transport. The OGO is a finalist in the National Innovators Awards and is in the process of being made available for purchase. A price has yet to be determined, but Mr. Halsall wants to keep it as low as possible so the OGO is affordable for those who need it.

Watch the OGO YouTube Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgat4a1TrEM

 To learn more about the OGO, visit their website at //ogotechnology.com.

 

MobilityWorks Merger with Ride Away and Mobility Freedom Combines Ownership of 57 Dealer Locations in 21 States

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MobilityWorks made a stunning announcement last Friday with the revelation that they were going to merge with HASCO, the parent company of Ride Away and Mobility Freedom wheelchair van dealerships. The move significantly increases MobilityWorks’ presence along the East Coast where Ride Away has most of its locations, including the states of CT, FL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, PA, TX, VA, and VT. Mobility Freedom has six locations, all in the state of Florida.

With MobilityWorks’ current 35 showrooms and the new Ride Away and Mobility Freedom stores, the combined companies will have 57 locations in 21 states. Link to PR Newswire press release.

While MobilityWorks and Ride Away have been strong competitors for many years in a few metro areas, they share a mutual respect for each other and a passion for helping people with disabilities to be more independent.

“The people who make up MobilityWorks, Ride Away, and Mobility Freedom are the most caring and trusted professionals in the industry,” said Bill Koeblitz, President/CEO of MobilityWorks.

“We know the HASCO staff truly cares about their clients, and they will be a great fit within our culture and in our quest to help as many people as possible.”

In addition to selling new and used wheelchair vans, each of the companies also rents accessible vans, installs adaptive equipment (such as hand controls and scooter lifts), and works with local community groups on disability awareness issues.

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Both Ride Away and Mobility Freedom have had a great history and reputation with their clients. No specific date has been discussed for merging the brands.  HASCO Medical, Inc., located in Dallas, TX, is a publicly traded company and therefore the merger is subject to all applicable SEC federal securities laws and filings.

Founded in 1997 with one location, MobilityWorks has been recognized on the Inc. 500|5000 list of Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing privately held companies for the past eight years. The Commercial Division, headquartered in Akron, Ohio, is the largest converter of full-size wheelchair vans in the country and Ford Motor Company’s largest mobility upfitter.

Link to the original Market Wired merger agreement announcement, August 14, 2015.

Special Go Kart Lets Wheelchair Users Race at Cincinnati Indoor Racing Facility

Full Throttle Indoor Kart Racing and MobilityWorks Design a Go Kart for All-Inclusive Enjoyment

Full Throttle's go-karts feature a Honda GX270cc engine to reach track speeds up to 40mph!

Back in August of 2014, Aaron Banfield part owner of Full Throttle Indoor Kart Racing came to MobilityWorks of Cincinnati and asked if we could put hand controls on a go kart. Aaron has a heart for the disabled community because he has people in his family that are in wheelchairs.

Chris Phillips, a Certified Mobility Consultant (CMC) and Mike Wylds, our Cincinnati store service technician, worked on a couple different styles of mechanical hand controls until we found one that would work. This go kart is now equipped with a motorcycle style gas and brake. Full Throttle is also adding leg supports, padding and a transfer board to the cart to make it easier for someone in a wheelchair to get in.

Full Throttle unveiled the Kart at a Cincinnati Cyclones game on December 6, 2014 where they drove it on the ice. The Cyclones are Cincinnati’s Kelly Cup Championship winning Hockey Team that is affiliated of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators. They are also affiliated with AHL Milwaukee Admirals.

Full Throttle Indoor Kart Racing will be making the custom go kart racer, uniquely designed for racing enthusiasts that are in a wheelchair, available to the public shortly.

Learn more about Full Throttle Racing here

Full Throttle Racing and Racing4Vets Connection

The Racing4Vets Challenge is an exciting corporate sponsored event, recently held in the Cincinnati area at Full Throttle Indoor Karting in Springdale, OH. Ten corporate relay teams race for one hour on the indoor course. Proceeds from the challenge go to Racing4Vets to assist service-disabled military veterans and their families dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and physical injuries.

Learn more about Racing4Vets here

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