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The SCOOTER Store Donates Power Chair to Hit and Run Victim

MIAMI, Fla., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Two strokes have limited Felix Chapman's mobility and ability to care for himself. Following the strokes, he lived in a nursing home for a couple of years. He made some progress through intensive physical therapy and now lives independently.

One day in April on his way to the local supermarket, a driver hit Chapman, knocking him out of his power chair, and then sped away. He was miraculously uninjured, but the damage to his chair made it useless. Without his chair, Chapman became a prisoner in his own home.

Enrique Primelles, an agent with a local home health agency, tried unsuccessfully to locate a mechanic to repair Chapman's chair. The damage was too severe. While trying to raise money through his and Chapman's church, Iglesia Doral, to buy a new chair, Primelles decided to reach out to The SCOOTER Store.

"In my line of work, I deal with a lot of human needs, but Felix's story really moved all of us," said Primelles. "His perseverance, will power and willingness to move on without having any family around are all so admirable and inspiring."

At his home today, Chapman was presented a power chair from The SCOOTER Store and Iglesia Doral to Chapman. On hand at the presentation from The SCOOTER Store's Boca Raton operations were Mobility Manager Jesse Mosbrucker and Miami Area Manager Manny Chambless. The Jazzy Select GT was donated under The SCOOTER Store's "Gift of Mobility" program, which provides mobility equipment and assistance to those who do not have the resources or insurance to obtain power wheelchairs and scooters.

"Tragedy strikes when we least expect it, and stories like Mr. Chapman's remind me why Susanna and I started this program," said Doug Harrison, Founder, President and CEO of The SCOOTER Store. "Justice may not find who was driving that car, but Mr. Chapman will regain his freedom and independence through power mobility."

Harrison and his wife, Susanna, started the Gift of Mobility program in December 2002 to help people like Felix Chapman improve their quality of life by improving their independence and mobility. Since then, this outreach program has worked with organizations around the country to donate power wheelchairs, scooters and manual wheelchairs to individuals and community service organizations, fulfilling the mission of The SCOOTER Store 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. Forty percent employee-owned, the company primarily offers power mobility equipment, including power wheelchairs, scooters, lifts, ramps, and accessories in 48 states and Puerto Rico, including three service and distribution locations in Florida. The SCOOTER Store has an estimated 30 percent of the current U.S. market in the DME industry and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care. The goal of The SCOOTER Store is to create an opportunity for every American senior to live their entire life safely and confidently at home.

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