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The SCOOTER Store Donates Power Chair to Teenager Struggling With Rare Dwarfism
Date:4/15/2008

Gift of Mobility Helps Teenager Attend Classes and Take Trips to the Mall

ROUND ROCK, Texas, April 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Like many 15-year-olds, Rachel Wilhite enjoys hanging out with her friends, shopping at the mall and attending school.

However, she is also struggling with a condition that makes her life very atypical. Rachel has Morquio syndrome, a relatively rare dwarfism that has serious consequences. When the body cannot process certain types of mucopolysaccharides, they build up or are eliminated, causing various symptoms. Morquio syndrome can cause abnormal heart development, abnormal skeletal development, hypermobile joints, large fingers, large head, bell-shaped chest, enlarged heart and compression of spinal cord.

At 36 inches, Rachel has reached her full height. Most children with Morquio syndrome lose their mobility by 10-12 years old, so Rachel is anomaly because she is still able to get around her family's modest home. But her mobility is still limited, and she has difficulty at school because there are several buildings that she has to reach for classes throughout the day. When the family goes to the grocery store, Rachel has to sit in the children's seat of the grocery cart or ride in a stroller because she cannot walk up and down the aisles. She does not qualify for a wheelchair through insurance because she can get around on her own to some extent.

Citing Rachel's amazing spirit and strength, The SCOOTER Store today presented the teenager with a Jazzy Select power chair through its Gift of Mobility program. Rachel was surprised with the chair today at her school, with her family in attendance. The power wheelchair was delivered by Mobility Manager Jay Melton and Director of Service Jack Lucas at The SCOOTER Store.

"Rachel is an extraordinary example to all of us," said Congressman John Carter (TX-31). "No matter what life has handed her, she has found the emotional and physical strength
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