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Press Release
September 24, 2012
Free Wheelchair Mission Wins 2012 Classy Award in Health and Well Being
Free Wheelchair Mission, a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides "the transforming gift of mobility to the physically disabled poor in developing countries, as motivated by Jesus Christ," has won the 2012 Classy Award in the category of Health and Well Being.

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Press Release
July 31, 2012
Free Wheelchair Mission Nominated for 2012 CLASSY Award
Free Wheelchair Mission, a faith-based organization that provides the gift of mobility to the impoverished disabled in developing nations, has been nominated for a CLASSY Award for the category of Health and Well Being.

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Press Release
July 26, 2012
9th Annual Magic of Mobility Gala Raises 15,810 Wheelchairs
Free Wheelchair Mission, an Irvine, CA-based nonprofit that provides the gift of mobility to the impoverished disabled in developing nations, is proud to announce that through the generosity of their donors and sponsors the 9th Annual Magic of Mobility Gala event raised enough funds to provide 15,810 wheelchairs—$1,010,899 in one evening.

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Press Release
July 17, 2012
5th Annual RunWalkRoll 5K to Benefit Free Wheelchair Mission
Free Wheelchair Mission, an Irvine, CA-based nonprofit that provides the gift of mobility to the impoverished disabled in developing nations, is looking forward to partnering with the Wheeling, WV community for its 5th Annual RunWalkRoll 5K Event on Saturday, July 21.

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Press Release
July 11, 2012
Free Wheelchair Mission Named Regional Finalist for 2012 CLASSY Award: Health and Well Being
Free Wheelchair Mission, a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides the gift of mobility to the impoverished disabled in developing nations, has been selected as a regional finalist by StayClassy, Inc. for the 2012 CLASSY Award in the category of Health and Well Being. Regional finalists were named from a pool of more than 2,400 nominees.

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Press Release
June 29, 2012
Free Wheelchair Mission’s GEN_2 Wheelchair Receives FDA Approval
Free Wheelchair Mission, a faith-based organization that provides the gift of mobility to the impoverished disabled in developing nations, has recently received FDA approval for its GEN_2 model of wheelchair.

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Press Release
June 26, 2012
Free Wheelchair Mission Announces Bob Shank as Board Member
Free Wheelchair Mission is pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Shank to its Board of Directors. Mr. Shank brings an extensive background in business, ministry and finance to his new role.

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Press Release
June 25, 2012
Free Wheelchair Mission thanks HKD Int’l for its Generosity
Free Wheelchair Mission is pleased to express its gratitude to HKD International for their support in donating the cost of the importation and overland transport for three containers of wheelchairs destined for Bangladesh.

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Newport Beach Independent
February 23, 2012
Princesses Create Art for a Cause

Brett Rubbico, abstract artist and principal gallerist of Brett Rubbico Gallery on Old Newport Boulevard in Newport Beach, was thrilled with what he hopes to be the first annual art show of the girls of the Macatawa tribe of Indian Princesses. The show gave the young girls the opportunity to participate in a creative project that included professional art instruction and the experience of having their paintings exhibited in a professional commercial gallery, while at the same time raising funds for Free Wheelchair Mission.

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Press Release
January 9, 2012
"Me and Them" Acoustic Band Presents "Music for Mobility -
A Benefit Concert for Free Wheelchair Mission"

Orange, CA, Saturday, January 28, 2012 - St John’s Lutheran Church of Orange is hosting a charity concert evening with “Me and Them” performing with all proceeds from the ticket sales going to Free Wheelchair Mission. Free Wheelchair Mission was founded in 2001 in Irvine, California and is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free wheelchairs for the impoverished disabled in developing nations.

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Press Release
December 7, 2011
Wheelchair Project Teaches Students, Helps Mission…
Columbus, Ohio, December, 7, 2011 – Students at Ohio State University recently teamed up with Free Wheelchair Mission to do a project for their Humanitarian Engineering Seminar. The students were asked to assess the assembly experience and evaluate the design for use of “appropriate technology” involving the consideration of affordability, durability, maintainability, cultural acceptability, and ease of use.

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Press Release
December 1, 2011
Corona Woman’s Sermon Inspires
Corona resident Erin Tharp was well on her way to achieving her dream of becoming an astronaut, when she was struck with viral encephalitis that nearly took her life. “At one point things were so grave, she was not expected to live.” said her father, Gary Tharp. But instead of wallowing in what ifs, Erin decided to be a positive role model and continue to follow her dreams.

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The Orange County Register
August 1, 2011
Free Wheelchair Mission's "Magic of Mobility" Fundraiser Nets $1 Million
Free Wheelchair Mission's 10th anniversary "Magic of Mobility" fundraiser, held at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa on July 26th, drew 567 guests and posted more than $1 million in net proceeds. The nonprofit has given away close to 600,000 wheelchairs to people with disabilities in the developing world in 81 different counties in 10 years.

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Press Release
July 29, 2011
Orange County Nonprofit Raises 17,600 Wheelchairs at Charity Event
Last Tuesday’s Magic of Mobility celebration, Free Wheelchair Mission’s annual gala event, held court at its new venue, the Hilton Costa Mesa, bringing together more than 500 supporters to raise over $1,000,000 for wheelchairs in the course of the evening, funding 17,600 wheelchairs for people in developing countries.

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Press Release - World Vision
July 13, 1011
"Over 500 Custom-Fit Wheelchairs Given to Disabled Children in Partnership with World Vision."
Last month, Orange County resident Don Schoendorfer traveled to Zambia with a team from World Vision, helping to distribute over 500 wheelchairs and launching a twelve country tour to benefit people with disabilities in the developing world with a total of 6,000 custom-fit wheelchairs. 

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Press Release
June 2, 2011
Local Man’s Mission Takes Wheelchairs to Zambia
Next week, Don Schoendorfer, a local man-with-a-mission and founder of Free Wheelchair Mission based in Irvine, CA, will travel to Zambia with World Vision to launch a 12-country distribution of custom-fit wheelchairs to benefit people with disabilities in the developing world.

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West Virginia Executive
Winter 2011
"Making the World Mobile"
In December 2007, Dr. Don Schoendorfer received a key to the City of Wheeling in recognition of his work in opening the hearts of many West Virginians and changing the lives of thousands around the world.

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Press Release
March 14, 2011
"Orange County-Based Charity Teams Up With SunPower Corp. to Distribute Wheelchairs in the Philippines"
International nonprofit organization Free Wheelchair Mission recently teamed up with solar energy pioneer SunPower Corporation for a humanitarian project in the Philippines.  Earlier this month, the partnership distributed approximately 1,100 wheelchairs to people with disabilities living in the region.

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Press Release
March 2011
"Ultimate Boarder Triathlon"

The event is open to the public and there will be a live webcast starting April 2, 2011 from Mammoth Mountain at www.ultimateboarder.com and it benefits Free Wheelchair Mission http://www.freewheelchairmission.org, a non-profit that transforms lives through the gift of mobility.

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