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

October 5–7th

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

October 6–13th

A team from Chicago embarked on a vision trip to distribute wheelchairs in the volcanic region of Ecuador.

“Eat Good, Do Good, Feel Good”

October 16th

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

October 22–27th

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

October 19th

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

October 30th

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

October 31st

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.