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BraunAbility Partners with Canine Companions

wallis-and-mork600 BraunAbility is the largest accessible vehicle manufacturer in the world, and here at MobilityWorks we are honored to work with such a great company. This past month they partnered with Canine Companions for Independence to form their “Give a Dog a Job” campaign, to help provide people living with physical disabilities access to highly trained assistance dogs.

Canine Companions was the first organization dedicated to training assistance dogs, and today they are still the largest. Every dog that graduates from their program spends 6 to 9 months in training learning 40 commands. These include everything from turning on lights and opening doors to pulling manual wheelchairs.

To learn more about their partnership you can visit www.driveindependence.org

2017 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

wheel chair basketball for disabled persons (men)Every year when March rolls around, basketball takes the center stage. The NBA playoffs are right around the corner, and the NCAA tournament is in full swing. Later this month the best wheelchair basketball teams from all over America will meet in Louisville for their own tournament.

The 2017 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, March 30-April 2. In total, there will be 96 teams from six different adult and junior divisions competing.

The favorites to win the Adult Division 1 bracket this year are the “New York Rollin’ Knicks” who will face stiff competition from last year’s champion “Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks” who are seeded 2nd. Several other NBA affiliated teams will also be in competition including the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 History of the NWBA

After returning home from WWII, several paralyzed veterans started playing basketball from their wheelchairs in 1946. That same year, the first competitive game was played between these veterans and their doctors at the Birmingham VA hospital. By 1948, six teams representing their VA centers had formed across the county. Seeing a drastic rise in interest, Dr. Timothy Nugent of the University of Illinois formed the NWBA.

Today the NWBA has grown to include 200 teams across the country. It has also given support to hundreds of teams located across the world. To learn more about their upcoming tournament you can visit www.nwba.org.

Life Changing Experiences at Victory Junction

VictoryJunction-FishingChildren shine at Victory Junction. Free from the confines of their disease, illness or disability, they discover that they can be a kid! How does this happen? Victory Junction has created a medically safe, yet exhilarating camp, that challenges children who have a serious medical condition to try things they never imagined possible.

Their program provides a week of summer camp for children at no cost to the camper’s family. They stay in comfortable air conditioned cabins, eat at the Fuel Stop (which meets all dietary restrictions), and enjoy program areas which include: a zipline, indoor sports center, theater, arts and crafts, boating/fishing, and even a water park. As they enjoy the activities children build confidence that shape how they view the rest of their lives. Once children arrive at Victory Junction, the boundaries and limitations they live with on a daily basis disappear and they simply concentrate on having fun!

History of Victory Junction

In 1999, a lanky, wide-smiling teenager visited a Paul Newman SeriousFun Camp in Florida (Boggy Creek) with his Dad and knew it was his calling to bring a similar camp to the hills of North Carolina where he grew up. This young man was up and coming race driver Adam Petty, son of NASCAR driver Kyle Petty, grandson of racing legend, Richard Petty and great grandson of NASCAR pioneer, Lee Petty. Adam not only had a passion for racing, but a passion for helping others.

One year after his touching experience visiting children at Camp Boggy Creek, Adam Petty tragically lost his life in a racing accident. To honor his memory, the Petty family set out to build Adam’s dream. With land donated by Richard and Lynda Petty, their family spearheaded a capital campaign in 2002 and received donations from corporations, individuals and foundations to build Victory Junction, a NASCAR-themed summer camp ninety minutes from Charlotte. In June 2004, Adam’s legacy of love was realized when Victory Junction opened its gates to campers.

Victory Junction is still accepting applications for this summer, click here to apply to come to camp, or click here if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

New Jersey Town Raises Funds for Accessible Van

Makayla-BlogThe city of Fair Lawn, New Jersey is a special place with a tight knit community. One of their residents, a young girl named Makayla, just received a new accessible van from MobilityWorks thanks to support from her town. The fundraisers were sponsored by a local company, United Real Estate, and several generous donations were made by local families. Even the mayor was involved and he was very excited to see Makalya’s new van. When the van was ready to be handed over, local reporter Wayne Robbins came out to film an edition of “Inside Fair Lawn”.

You can check out his video below:

The MobilityWorks  of Farmingdale team and Certified Mobility Consultant Donald Dufty were honored to be able to help such a wonderful family. Also a special thanks to everyone in Fair Lawn who helped Makayla receive her new accessible van!

MS Awareness Month Kicks Off

Orange ribbon for Leukemia, Kidney cancer, RDS multiple sclerosis awareness on human hand, aged background; Satin fabric color symbolic concept for raising public support on people living with disease

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has had very strong start to the third annual MS Awareness Month. Their “Together We Are Stronger” campaign, a continuation of last year’s theme,  encourages people living with MS to share their breakthrough stories. The purpose of this is to show examples of strength and courage to live the best life possible, with the hopes of inspiring the millions of people living with MS.

Anyone can visit the MS Together We Are Stronger page  and upload their own inspirational story or view the messages and photos that have been posted by others. We have selected just a few of our favorites that you can read below.

 

Sarah

I am LIVING with MS…this is my shirt from this years Walk MS. My life has changed…and for the BETTER since my diagnosis. Did I want MS? No. But I wouldn’t change it for the fact that I’m a better person NOW! I’m a healthier person NOW. I’m a stronger person NOW! I live harder! I love stronger. I AM #strongerthanms

 

 

 

Jillian

After months of tests, a neurologist diagnosed me with Multiple Sclerosis in May of 2008.  As I sat there in his office with my mom, he explained what the disease was. He said there currently wasn’t a cure – and he handed me a packet about the daily injections I was about to start.

I kept a smile on my face when I told my family and friends I had MS. I didn’t want them to worry, even though I was terrified.  Finally, a month later, I broke. I sobbed. I screamed. I was so angry. Why me? I remember sobbing into my moms chest as she hugged me and told me I would never have to handle this alone. That was the last day I ever asked: why me?

I have an amazing support system. My family. Ryan. My friends. My coworkers. You… Listening every morning and allowing me to share my story.

I now know why me. I’m strong enough to handle this. And the support I receive on a daily basis keeps me going. And I am stronger than MS. #WeAreStrongerThanMS

Click Here to view these stories and many more

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