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.
FROM THE HEART TRAVELS TO COLOMBIA
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.
WHEELCHAIRS BEING DELIVERED TO TANZANIA
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.
A FAMILY CELEBRATES!
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!
QUADRIPLEGIC AND FAMILY TO CYCLE 1,200 MILES TO RAISE MONEY FOR WHEELCHAIRS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES- NEVER BEEN DONE!
For Nathan Ogden, life changed dramatically when he broke his neck coming off a ski jump in Oregon 15 years ago. He became paralyzed. Over the next year he made excellent progress and regained some upper body strength and mobility when he was hit with pneumonia and had to be hospitalized. While there and unconscious, he was dropped from the X-ray table and broke his neck a second time, causing additional loss of his upper body function.
Now, as a quadriplegic, he lives a full life and wants to help others do the same. Ogden has set out to put his wheels to work this July during a 2-week family bike ride from Mt. Bachelor Oregon (the site of the first break), to Los Angeles California. CHAIR THE HOPE spawned from an idea Ogden’s wife had – a bike ride, roughly 1,200 miles in length, and relay-style with their family of six. In true Ogden family fashion, they’re ready to roll with it.
The goal of CHAIR THE HOPE is to inspire others to get outside and keep moving despite disabilities, fears, or excuses, while raising $100,000 to donate to the Wheelchair Foundation. During the past 17 years, the Wheelchair Foundation has gifted over 1 Million wheelchairs to people in need all over the globe. Ogden is passionate about getting kids out to play, and fathers back to work to support their families, and overcoming the barriers of immobility.
Ogden is an inspirational speaker, trainer, and coach. In 2016 he published the book, Unfrozen – Superior Systems to Move from Paralysis to Progress. He resides in Boise Idaho with his wife Heather, and their four children Seniya (18), Kyler (16), Malani (12), and Cortlyn (10).