Alpine Home Medical delivers on its promise


rhb-alpine-kid-and-fam2I wrote a story for the October issue about Alpine Home Medical Equipment's "Ride for a Reason," an event, in its second year, that raises money to provide children with new wheelchairs. The folks at Alpine sent me an e-mail last week letting me know that they delivered on their promise, outfitting 13-year-old Francisco Avila-Suarez with a new custom wheelchair. Suarez was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth. Because he didn't qualify for a new wheelchair through his insurance, he used a power wheelchair at school but only a manual wheelchair at home. That meant his father had to carry him over his shoulder wherever he needed to go outside of school. Alpine's "Ride" raised $10,000. The folks at Alpine also delivered a new wheelchair to 5-year-old Christian Tellez. Alpine's owner, Jay Broadbent, and his wife, Kristine, started a foundation called "B in Motion" to organize the ride each year.

Liz Beaulieu