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The SCOOTER Store Donates Scooter to High School Student With Muscular Dystrophy

Friday, June 4, 2010 General News J E 4
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MOSCOW, Idaho, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Teenagers with Muscular Dystrophy (MD) are inspiring, and Isaac Aragon is no exception. Aragon is a 17-year-old high school student who has not let MD slow him down much.

Although he visits Moscow Mountain Sport & Physical Therapy on a regular basis, he has not had the aid of power mobility equipment and has had suffered through some falls. His physical therapist, Joanna Alford MPT, contacted The SCOOTER Store after noticing how limited his balance and walking had become. His PT for nearly three years, she believed he was at risk for more falls and possibly serious injury when walking.

Yesterday afternoon, The SCOOTER Store along with the ADL Foundation, provided Aragon with a Pride Legend three-wheel scooter at his home. On hand from the company's Seattle operations was Healthcare Relations Consultant Bob Croft to make the presentation. The scooter was donated under The SCOOTER Store Gift of Mobility program, which provides mobility equipment and assistance to those who do not have the financial resources or insurance to obtain power wheelchairs and scooters.

"Isaac is a typical high-school student in all ways but one. Now, his limited mobility can no longer hinder him from going to college," said Doug Harrison, founder, president and CEO of The SCOOTER Store. "We started the Gift of Mobility program because we understand that mobility and the ensuing independence impact their lives, especially one as young as Isaac's. We hope the scooter helps him experience life to its fullest."

The scooter will help Aragon regain the freedom and independence he has lost as his muscles have weakened from MD. He can now more easily maneuver the hallways at school and seriously consider attending college after he graduates. He won't have to worry about getting around campus while conserving his energy for schoolwork. This gift of power mobility will allow him to visit friends, go to school, go shopping and navigate around his community by himself for the first time in his life. 

"The ADL Foundation was founded to provide power chairs and scooters to those without insurance, and we sometimes have recipients we desperately want to help but can't," said Alvin Lemar, founder and director of the nonprofit organization based in New Mexico. "When that happens, we are fortunate we can call The SCOOTER Store. After being in a wheelchair for over a dozen years, I know what Isaac is going through, and this gift will make a world of difference in his young life."

Harrison and his wife, Susanna, started the Gift of Mobility program in December 2002 to help people improve their quality of life by assisting in achieving their independence and mobility. Since then, the outreach program has worked with nonprofit groups around the country to donate power wheelchairs, scooters and manual wheelchairs with a retail value in excess of $350,000 per year to individuals and community service organizations, enabling them to provide freedom and independence to people with limited mobility.

About The SCOOTER Store

Since 1991, The SCOOTER Store has helped provide freedom and independence to more people with limited mobility than any other company in the nation. The company primarily offers power mobility equipment, including power wheelchairs, scooters, lifts, ramps, and accessories, in 48 states. Using this equipment provides today's seniors an alternative to living in nursing homes or other care facilities. The company's goal is to create an opportunity for every American senior to live their entire life safely and confidently at home. The SCOOTER Store was recently recognized by FORTUNE magazine in its prestigious 100 Best Places to Work For in America for the second time. The company is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.

SOURCE The SCOOTER Store

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