Mobility companies donate to good causes

Thursday, October 17, 2013

TORRANCE, Calif. And SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Wheelchair manufacturer Convaid has donated a custom wheelchair to Le Hoang Vien, a 26-year-old Vietnamese man with rheumatoid arthritis. Thanks to the donation, he is able to attend school. Convaid donated through the international nonprofit Free Wheelchair Mission. “Due to poverty and economic isolation, people with disabilities in the developing world have limited access to wheelchairs,” said Chris Braun, Convaid president, in a prepared statement. Also on the giving path: Vantage Mobility International (VMI), which has donated $10,000 and volunteer hours to The Miracle League of Arizona, which helps people with disabilities play adaptive baseball.  “Their state-of-the-art baseball stadium gives children with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy America’s favorite pastime and all of the excitement that comes with the game,” said Monique McGivney, VMI director of corporate communication, in an Oct. 17 release. In Miracle League games, players are matched with buddies who assist them during the game, played on wheelchair-friendly rubberized turf.