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Date:1/14/2010

who do not have the resources or insurance to obtain power wheelchairs and scooters.

"The ADL Foundation was founded to provide power chairs and scooters to those without insurance, and we sometimes have recipients we can't help," said Alvin Lemar, founder and director of the nonprofit organization based in New Mexico. "That is why we are extremely fortunate we can call The SCOOTER Store.  After being in a wheelchair for 12 years, I know what Ms. Ahmed is going through, and this gift will make a world of difference in her life."

The power chair will help Ahmed regain the freedom and independence she lost when her hip was removed. She can move room-to-room in her home effortlessly, leaving the days of "pivoting," a mobility technique she learned in physical therapy, behind her.

"It is sad that Ms. Ahmed had to take her story to a news station to find help," 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, is fundamental to people's dignity. Giving her independence back to her is why we are here and why we leave work every day with a smile."

Harrison and his wife, Susanna, started the Gift of Mobility program in December 2002 to help people like Sabrina Ahmed 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, valued at more than $350,000 a year to individuals and community service organizations, enabling them to provide freedom and independence to people with limited mobility.

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