NMEDA seeks heroes as part of mobility month

Association also industs pioneers into Hall of Fame
Monday, April 23, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. – The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is looking for a hero.

As part of its celebration of Mobility Awareness Month in May, the association seeks “local hero” stories told in 2-3 minute videos or short essays with photos by May 13. Three of those heroes will win a wheelchair accessible vehicle. 

Candidates must be “someone who is dealing with and overcoming their mobility challenges on a daily basis,” according to NMEDA’s  announcement. 

NMEDA President Sam Cook says he hopes drawing people to the NMEDA website to submit stories and vote will help raise awareness about mobility options. 

“So many folks don’t know what to do when they get injured,” said Cook. “They don’t know where to get a vehicle or what their solutions are, so we’re trying to spread the word on what we do.”

Winners will be announced at the end of May. 

The second part of NMEDA’s celebration is honoring industry pioneers and those who have made contributions.

“It’s amazing how far this industry has come,” said Cook. “We have a lot of people who spent blood, sweat and tears, and we need to honor these people and give them the proper recognition they deserve.”

Among the 2012 Hall of Fame inductees: Becky Plank, a founding director of NMEDA; Ralph W. Braun, founder and CEO of Braun Corporation; Mike Bruno, founder of Bruno Independent Living Aids; Peter Ruprecht, president of Drive Master; Martin Smith, owner of Alamo Mobility; and Tom Wright, retired owner of United Access (formerly Wright-Way).