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Former Actor has Mobility Restored With Power Wheelchair Gift From The Scooter Store
Date:1/30/2008

The SCOOTER Store's Gift of Mobility Fulfills Dreams of Terminally Ill Stage Performer

NEW YORK, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ronald Johnston, 70, has spent his life in the public eye - whether he was performing on Broadway, acting and dancing in troupes across the country, or appearing in television commercials. But two years ago, cancer robbed him of his mobility, forcing him to be housebound for the past year. To fulfill his dream to get outside again, The SCOOTER Store has donated a power wheelchair to him.

Today, Anthony Pepe, Manager of the Levittown, NY Distribution Center, and George Santos, Mobility Manager, delivered the power wheelchair to Mr. Johnston, and his wife, Cynthia. A health aide put the Johnston's in touch with the Dream Foundation and The SCOOTER Store, which qualified Mr. Johnston for its "Gift of Mobility" program. The charitable program provides power mobility equipment to people without the resources or insurance coverage to pay for it.

Mr. Johnston was "shocked and thrilled" by how quickly he was able to get a power wheelchair. After a 40-year acting career, highlighted by roles with Madeline Khan, Ed Asner, and Sir Ian McKellen, Mr. Johnston was diagnosed with prostrate cancer. He suffers from debilitating pain that prevents him from standing. Leaving his apartment has not been an option because his manual chair was "just too heavy" for his wife to push.

Doug Harrison, CEO and Founder of The SCOOTER Store related that "Mr. Johnston simply wanted to enjoy what so many of us take for granted everyday. We are happy that this gift will allow him to improve his mobility and his quality of life."

Mr. Johnston declared he can't wait to "get out!" of his apartment. He lives just minutes from Riverside and Central Parks and is anxious to accompany his wife on daily trips through the parks and on shopping trips. But most of all, he dreams of using the chair to take his wife to operas, plays
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