Tuesday, August 14, 2007


PTG Studios is pleased to announce the selection of Free Wheelchair Mission for its innovative, educational television series, Today’s Family. The company will be featured in a segment on “Reaching the World for Christ” for the series “Until the Whole World Hears.”
Imagine this--100 million people in the world can only crawl. Years ago Don Schoendorfer bore witness to this as he watched a precious woman pull herself across the dirty ground, crawling in the streets of Morocco. An MIT-trained engineer with his doctorate, Don right then made the conscious decision to use his talents and gifts to change the lives of millions of helpless people like the woman.
In 2001, Don created the Free Wheelchair Mission, based in Irvine, California, the non-profit organization’ vows to transform lives through the gift of mobility. Many of the recipients live among rats,are the poorest of the poor in developing countries and are constantly exposed to dampness and filthdangerous living conditions. Disabled by land mines, diseases, accidents or birth defects, this is the only life they can aspire to, unless they receive help.
FWM is a ChristianFaith-based nonprofit organization that provides the wheelchairs to the needy because when Jesus Christ lived, he had special concern for the sick and crippledand is driven by faith in God. This significant mission cannot be taken lightly,” said Free Wheelchair Mission President and Founder Don Schoendorfer, 56. “The wheelchairs are not only lifting the poor off the ground physically, but spiritually and emotionally as well. This effort goes far beyond politics, race, sex and religion”.
Wheelchairs give mobility, independence, dignity and hope, forever changing the lives of the fortunate ones. To date, FWM has distributed over 92130,000 000 wheelchairs in 50 countries. Free Wheelchair Mission partners with like-minded organizations to distribute wheelchairs free of charge to the physically disabled in great need. A wheelchair offers recipients a chance to work, to relieve the burden on their friends and family, and to enjoy their human rights and physical and spiritual independence. Schoendorfer’s Free Wheelchair’s Mission’s vision is to distribute 20 million wheelchairs by 2010. FMW plans to ship 200,000 wheelchairs in 2006.
The key is this: A simple yet rugged wheelchair can be delivered all over the world for $44.40. Donations of $222 provide five wheelchairs for a small clinic; $1,110 provides 25 wheelchairs to a village. For more information, see www.freewheelchairmission.com

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