Singing firemen donate to rehab organization

Saturday, December 31, 2005

YARMOUTH, Maine - A vocal sextet of professional firemen gave a non-profit organization that funds assistive technology for children an early Christmas gift in November, when it began donating proceeds from the sale of its holiday CD. The Garland, Texas-based FireForce sells its CD, "Home for Christmas," at for $20. The group donates proceeds to the Tacoma, Wash.-based National Organization Caring for Kids (NOCK), which funds wheelchairs, gate trainers and other devices for chronically ill children whose families "fall between the cracks." "Your Medicaid kids tend to get the things they need," said Robert Cooper, a Kansas City, Mo.-based general manager for United Seating and Mobility who sits on NOCK's board of directors. "Since (assistive technology) is excluded from some insurances or capped by others, the organization is set up to support kids from your middle-class families." NOCK raised about $400,000 in 2005. It provided assistive technology--everything from an $18,000 power wheelchair to a $500 gate trainer--to 36 recipients.