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Pre-Owned Used Wheelchair Vans May Come With a Warranty

When purchasing a pre-owned accessible vehicle, otherwise known as used handicap vans, we are often asked about the warranty. Just like a non-adaptive automobile or minivan purchased from an auto dealer, converted vehicles also come with the same OEM warranty from the manufacturer on the engine and transmission (i.e. the “power train”). This is typically provided by the chassis manufacturing company such as Toyota, Dodge, Chrysler or Honda. They are typically 5-years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first.

The conversion itself though, such as the side-entry foldout ramp or in-floor automated ramp and kneeling system, typically also comes with its own 3-year, 36,000 mile warranty – at least for most leading conversion manufacturers like BraunAbility or VMI.

Larger mobility dealers, such as MobilityWorks, can also offer what is called “new/used“, a term that means a vehicle has a brand new conversion on a slightly used minivan, generally with under 40,000 miles. In this scenario, the warranty on the conversion would  begin at the time of purchase (for the full 3 years or 36k miles) and whatever remaining power train warranty on the chassis would still be in effect.

MobilityWorks can also offer extended warranty on vehicles, so long as they meet certain criteria. Check with our finance department or your local Certified Mobility Consultant on the warranty information and whatever options are available to you on your purchase.

The Patriot Ford Raptor Truck to be Auctioned Again at the 2015 Indianapolis Mecum Auto Auction on May 16th

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A custom aero cover for the truck bed was created for The Patriot by BAT Industry. The American Eagle and flag art theme was created by Ryan Ryno Templeton who has been featured on popular television shows such as Car Warriors, West Coast Customs, and Trick My Truck.

The MobilityWorks Foundation is once again auctioning “The Patriot”, its one-of-a-kind 2014 Ford Raptor created West Coast Customs. Thanks to an anonymous donor at the Mecum auction held in September in Dallas, TX, The Patriot was donated back to the foundation. Since then, it has been on display throughout the country at a variety of special events and parades honoring our nation’s veterans. The custom vehicle will be auctioned (now for the second time) on Saturday, May 16th with proceeds from the sale going to benefit disabled veterans.

Read the full Press Release here.

The transformed 2014 Ford Raptor, aptly named, “The Patriot,” features a spectacular American flag custom paint job, courtesy of West Coast Customs and Ryan Ryno Templeton. This automotive and art masterpiece also has interior embroidery representing each branch of the United States military.

In addition to West Cost Customs, several other sponsors also made this custom build possible, including: MobilityWorks; BraunAbility; Magnaflow; Bully Dog; LM Tire & Wheel; Indianapolis Dent Company; and BDS Suspension. Since the first auction in September, an additional enhancement was made by BAT Industries. A custom aero cover was fabricated by BAT and then painted by Ryan Ryno Templeton to match the original theme of the vehicle. For more information on BAT, go to www.batindustry.com.

Proceeds from the sale of The Patriot will go to The MobilityWorks Foundation to support their efforts in helping deserving veterans and local organizations that provide assistance to our wounded heroes with wheelchair-accessible transportation, training, housing and other services. There is no reserve on this auction, designated as lot #S10.

The Mecum Indianapolis 2000 Vehicle Auction will air live on NBCSN May 14-17 at various times. Check your cable provider listings for specific air times.

MobilityWorks Acquires Sunset Mobility of Miami Florida

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Accessible Van Sales and Rentals Now Provided by MobilityWorks in the “Cruise Capital of the World”

On Tuesday, April 21, MobilityWorks announced the acquisition of Sunset Mobility located in Miami, Florida. In business since 1995, Sunset Mobility has been a strong advocate for people with disabilities in the Southern Florida region. They are also a long-time BraunAbility certified retailer and National Mobility Equipment Dealer Association (NMEDA) Quality Assurance Program (QAP) dealer.

“We care deeply about our clients and are very excited about joining the great people at MobilityWorks and providing that same level of care in the years ahead,” said David Ferguson, president and owner of Sunset Mobility.

Sunset is also a valuable asset to world travelers needing wheelchair van rentals for their vacation plans. Miami is a significant travel destination due to its being the number one cruise passenger port in the world. Similar to MobilityWorks, Sunset Mobility was a participant in the Accessible Vans of America (AVA) dealer rental program.

“Sunset has done a wonderful job of serving the disabled community in South Florida for 20 years.  We look forward to continuing that tradition under the MobilityWorks umbrella,” said Bill Koeblitz, MobilityWorks President/CEO.

The new MobilityWorks of Miami location is at 8415 SW 129th Terrace, Kendall, FL 33156. Showroom hours are from 8AM to 5PM M-F, with Saturdays by appointment only.

Call 1-877-275-4907 to schedule an appointment with a Certified Mobility Consultant.

March is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month—Wear Green on March 25th to Show Your Support

The month of March is designated as National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month is committed to raising awareness of the disorder as well as the ongoing research efforts being done to find new treatments and hopefully a cure.

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a condition caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain. CP usually occurs either during fetal development, before, during or shortly after birth, or during infancy. CP affects a person’s muscle tone, movement and motor skills. Many people with CP also have other developmental disabilities including; epilepsy, autism, blindness, hearing and/or speech issues. Recent statistics indicate that there are approximately 500,000 people in the US affected by CP.

On March 25th, people are being asked to either wear green or wear a green CP awareness ribbon to commemorate “Paint the World Green for Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day”. For more information, please visit “Paint the World Green for Cerebral Palsy Awareness” on Facebook.

 

Stem Cell Therapy and Immune Markers: Key Advancements in the Research and Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis

When nerves have barren patches without myelin, they can no longer properly conduct electrical signals… the therapy involves the harvesting of stem cells from bone marrow.

Over 400,000 Americans are affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a degenerative neurological disease that causes an erosion of the insulating fat (myelin) that surrounds nerves. When someone is affected by the disease, it is because white blood cells (T lymphocytes) have crossed the usually impermeable blood-brain barrier, and have eaten away at the myelin, leading to barren patches.

When nerves have barren patches without myelin, they can no longer properly conduct electrical signals; leading to neurological issues and physical symptoms including numbness, loss of balance, tingling, weakness in the extremities and/or a general lack of physical coordination.

Stem Cell Therapy

Some patients with MS are trying new, aggressive therapies, including stem cell therapy treatment. The pioneer of the stem cell therapy treatment is Dr. Saud A. Sadiq of the Tisch MS Research Center of New York. While still in its early stages, the therapy involves the harvesting of stem cells from patients’ bone marrow. The stem cells are then transformed in a laboratory into “neural progenitors”. The neural progenitors are then injected into the patient’s spinal fluid. The intent is that the neural progenitors could eventually lead to the repair of the myelin sheaths in the brain.

Stem cell therapy treatment is just one part of a broader push to understand the neurological disorders that affect the structure of the brain. As the baby boomer generation ages, more and more people within that age group may become affected by disorders such as MS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

A commitment has been made by the White House to allocate $100 million in federal research funds for initiatives geared at understanding the brain. In addition, organizations such as the Ann Romney (wife of Mitt Romney) Center for Neurologic Diseases are also working towards understanding the brain and its neurological disorders, in an effort to find treatments, and ultimately cures.

Pinpointing an Immune Marker: The Next Frontier

Many doctors and researchers have questioned that if MS is an immune disease, then there should be something known as an immune marker. For this reason, finding a biomarker that could be identified through a blood test would represent one of the next major frontiers in MS research. Potential biomarkers that could signal the presence of MS have already been identified in some studies. In addition, it has been discovered that MS patients have an elevated level of a protein called serpin A3 in their tears—another possible clue to early detection.

While previous breakthroughs have found ways to slow the progress of MS and perhaps lessen the severity of symptoms, the breakthrough that everyone most wants to find is the one that may heal the brain, not just seal it off from future attacks.

Reversing the Damage Through Cell Stimulation

Dr. Ari J. Green of the University of California at San Francisco, is a researcher working to find a way to heal the brain. His mission isn’t just to stop the disease, but to also reverse it by finding a way to stimulate cells called oligodendrocytes, which make myelin, to repair the nerves stripped by MS. Instead of injecting stem cells like in Dr. Sadiq’s therapy, Dr. Green is trying to strengthen the body to do the repairs itself.

While research and testing continue, there are factors/symptoms that people should be aware of.

Risk Factors

Research has shown that while MS does not have a high rate of inheritability, there is a genetic component rooted principally in a family of immune genes called the major histocompatibility complex. Other risk factors are environment, including a lack of Vitamin D, and smoking.

Be Aware of the Early Symptoms

Many people feel numbness in their arm or leg or a tingling in their spine and simply dismiss it as a pinched nerve. Or, they may feel off-balance or fatigued, and think they are just coming down with something. Early intervention could have a very significant effect in shaping the outcome of MS treatment, so alerting your physician to these conditions and/or being tested is critical. Often, by the time a person seeks out a physician and is diagnosed, a significant amount of damage may have already been done to their brain.

For more information on multiple sclerosis, check out the Newsweek article; On the Hunt for a Multiple Sclerosis Cure.