Rising up to Challenge: 16,838 Lives Transformed Because of You
Not only did you help reach our x2 Gift Challenge goal of 16,000 wheelchairs — you surpassed it! A big thank-you to all of our gift matchers and challengers for generously making this happen in October.
Long Beach Marathon
Hundreds of runners stopped by the FWM expo booth for free popsicles and information about running for Team Mobility at the next Run For Mobility.
In the Highlands of Ecuador
A team from Chicago embarked on a vision trip to distribute wheelchairs in the volcanic region of Ecuador.
“Eat Good, Do Good, Feel Good”
The Blackstone Meatball in Omaha, Nebraska donated 10% of all sales on October 16th to give the gift of mobility.
Right at Home in Costa Rica
On another October vision trip, a team from Right at Home (RAH) saw firsthand the impact their gifts are making for people with disabilities in Costa Rica.
Two Containers x2
Our friends at Network of Caring generously donated two containers of wheelchairs — and, because it was during October’s x2 Gift Challenge, their donation was matched, yielding a total of four containers of wheelchairs.
Don Speaks at Stanford University
The Stanford Social Entrepreneurial Students’ Association (SENSA) invited Don Schoendorfer to speak at their biannual series, “Very Impactful People (VIP): Social Innovation and the Social Entrepreneur.” Read more about it here.
Staff Costume Contest
In a fun, annual tradition, our staff dresses up on October 31st and votes for best costume. Founder Don Schoendorfer won for his wheelchair-test-dummy suit.
Seven Containers of Wheelchairs Arrived
Throughout October, seven containers of wheelchairs arrived at port in South Africa, Vietnam, and China. FWM distribution partners in each country will soon assemble and fit each wheelchair to its individual recipient.