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September 20, 2011

Augusta, GA  –The use of wheelchairs and walkers is a necessity that many take for granted.  Now Doctors Hospital is teaming up with a worldwide organization to provide other countries with the same opportunity for free.   

“Wheels for the World” collects thousands of new, used, and damaged wheelchairs, walkers, canes and crutches every year, sending them to prisons for inmates to repair to near-new condition.  The repaired equipment is shipped to countries around the world to help those in need.  In 2010, more than 2,400 wheelchairs were distributed by teams of disability specialists in Romania, Poland, Ghana and China.

“Already the response has been overwhelming, we have more than 30 pieces of equipment collected to date,” says Dean Beasley, Director of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at Doctors Hospital.  “This started as a small initiative within our rehab department and it has spread more than I could have ever imagined.”

How you can help:

What: Wheels For The World Drive

When: Saturday, September 24th from 9am – 3pm

Drop off location: Doctors Hospital Main Lobby

Interview Opportunities: 

*We can set up a story prior to the drive if you would like as we already have many items collected*

 

-Dean Beasley – Director of the InPatient Rehabilitation Center at Doctors Hospital

-Someone who has donated equipment

 

About Doctors Hospital: Doctors Hospital is a full service acute-care hospital. Doctors Hospital specializes in Women’s Services, Orthopedics, and Cancer Care, and is home of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, which cares for over 3,000 patients annually.

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