The The Wheelchair Foundation, a division of Behring Global Educational Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable foundation, has a goal to provide a free wheelchair to every child, teen and adult worldwide who needs one but has no means to acquire one.


Article By Jody Morgan of the Alamo Today & Danville Today News

Don Routh (L) and Josh Routh (R) with wheelchair recipient in Columbia paralyzed in a mining accident. Photo courtesy of Wheelchair Foundation.

The Wheelchair Foundation, officially established by Ken Behring on June 13, 2000 (his 72nd birthday), has delivered 1,107,349 wheelchairs free of charge to individuals worldwide in over 155 countries who have no means of affording the wheelchair they need. In developing countries, an estimated 90% of children, teens, and adults who require a wheelchair are unable to acquire one. From the Heart, the Wheelchair Foundation’s schools program launched in 2012 by Don Routh, Josh Routh, and Bill Wheeler, introduces students in Tri-Valley schools firsthand to the enabling power of a wheelchair and connects them personally through letters and photographs to wheelchair recipients in Latin America whose lives have been positively impacted by their fundraising efforts. The gift of mobility spreads life-liberating benefits like ripples in a pond to family, friends, and caregivers multiplying the effect of each one delivered tenfold.

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From the Heart school program was fortunate to travel to Colombia this past July to deliver 220 wheelchairs and 10 Kanga pediatric positioning wheelchairs to those in need of the gift of mobility. We embarked to Bogota on July 7th as a group of 16, which included seven students and four teachers from our local participating schools. The students and teachers hailed from Del La Salle, Amador Valley and Dougherty Valley High Schools Windermere Ranch Middle School and Walnut Grove Elementary.

Our visit was organized and hosted by the Rotary Club of Paipa. We chose to work closely with them due to their 10-year history of working with the Wheelchair Foundation. While visiting the beautiful country of Colombia, we completed seven wheelchair distributions in 5 days, which included one home visit. We lunched at the school for the national Colombian Police after one of our distributions and they were kind enough to entertain us with local musicians. We had a great time learning how to dance along to traditional music. We were able to visit and make friends with school children in Paipa as well as a group of young girls at an orphanage just outside of the village of Santa Rosa de Viterbo. The week was both enjoyable and enriching for all of us and we return home more inspired to continue the work of providing wheelchairs for those that lack basic mobility. We are thankful for the opportunity we had helped deliver the gift of mobility while building friendships that we will hope will last a lifetime.

We are saddened to announce the passing of Kenneth E. Behring on June 25th, 2019.

A boy born into the Great Depression to a family of meager means, he vowed at a young age that he would never live a life of poverty. He was a self-made millionaire, destined to live the American Dream.

He discovered his purpose by giving his heart, time, love and money to provide a better life for mankind – without looking for anything in return.


I am thrilled to share this quick update from Tanzania. Our delivery of wheelchairs has been a total success. This child’s face says it all. This is what happens when our staff and volunteers give a gift that changes a life forever. They are so excited too.

But it all started with your gift and partnership. Thanks for being a part of our family here at Wheelchair Foundation. Enjoy with us…another life that has been changed! Stay tuned for more updates and thank you for your continued support.

David Behring



Look at the smile on George’s face. He’s 25 years old and is unable to walk. He just received his wheelchair and, likely for the first time, is able to move without being carried.

George lives with his mother in Tanzania and supports their family by selling small products on the side of the road. This wheelchair will give him a stronger ability to support their family and provide the most basic needs they have.

Four family members came with him to pick up up this wheelchair and every one of them had tears of joy in their eyes. Of course, the biggest smile belonged to George.

Your faithful support of Wheelchair Foundation helps makes deliveries like this possible. Thank you!