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The SCOOTER Store's Gift of a Power Wheelchair Allows Woman to Enjoy Active Life Once Again

Gift of Mobility Lets Nursing Home Resident Participate in Activities and Enjoy Day Trips

COLUMBIA, S.C., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The arts and crafts table at the Heartland of Columbia Nursing Home just got a bit more crowded. Thanks to a free power wheelchair from The SCOOTER Store, Pam Lewis, 47, is now back crafting and enjoying life with her new mobility.

Heartland's activities director, David Moreland, knew Ms. Lewis loved to participate in arts and crafts projects, flower arranging and other recreational activities. But he also knew that, without a power wheelchair, she could not participate. He saw her spirits sink as immobility caused her to stay in her room all day.

While he was watching television, Mr. Moreland saw an advertisement for The SCOOTER Store. Because of the "credibility of its spokesperson," he felt The SCOOTER Store genuinely wanted to help people be mobile and independent. He wrote a letter to see if The SCOOTER Store could help Ms. Lewis.

Mr. Moreland was "floored" to learn that just one week later The SCOOTER Store would provide her a free chair. "Even though she has no money and no insurance, The SCOOTER Store found a way to give Ms. Lewis a power wheelchair and, in turn, a fresh outlook," he said. "My hat is off to The SCOOTER Store because this wheelchair will take her body and mind to a happy place."

Mobility Manager, Tony Williams, of The SCOOTER Store delivered the chair to Ms. Lewis today under their "Gift of Mobility" program. The program provides mobility equipment and assistance to those who do not have the resources to purchase power wheelchairs and scooters. The SCOOTER Store is working in conjunction with the ADL Foundation/Mobility Aids for the Uninsured,

Doug Harrison, CEO and Founder of The SCOOTER Store, noted, "We, like Mr. Moreland, understand that mobility brings independence and happiness--both of which are vital factors in shaping the daily lives of nursing home residents. We are delighted to help Ms. Lewis be mobile and independent, and therefore improve her quality of life."

Mr. Harrison and his wife, Susanna, started the Gift of Mobility program in December 2002 to help people like Ms. Lewis improve their quality of life by recovering their independence and mobility. Since then, the outreach program has worked with organizations around the country to donate power wheelchairs, scooters and manual wheelchairs valued at more than $200,000 a year to individuals and community service organizations, enabling 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 than 350,000 people with limited mobility. The SCOOTER Store offers a full line of durable medical equipment, including power wheelchairs and scooters, lifts, ramps and accessories in 48 states, including Puerto Rico, with a service center in Columbia, South Carolina. The SCOOTER Store makes house calls on more than 10,000 homes every month to service people's power mobility needs. The SCOOTER Store has worked with more than 100,000 physicians, providing expertise and quality service to their patients, and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.

For more information, contact:

Lynn Gonzales

Communications Manager


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