Sunrise Launches Propel Donation Program
- By Laurie Watanabe
- May 14, 2013
Sunrise Medical has created an equipment-donation program for consumers who need complex rehab technology, but otherwise wouldn’t have access to it.
Kristyn Campbell, Sunrise Medical’s marketing manager, said in a news announcement that the program’s committee reviews consumer applications and each quarter chooses one or more consumers to receive donations.
The application asks consumers what equipment they currently use, how long they’ve been using mobility equipment, what their equipment “wish list” includes, and what they could accomplish with a donated chair that they could not achieve with the equipment covered by their current funding sources.
“Once recipients have been selected, their local supplier and ATP assist with custom-configuring the product that the ATP and recipient decide will best complement and enhance the lifestyle of that individual,” Campbell said.
The first two Propel program recipients were Suheil Aghabi from Burbank, Calif., and Wallace Choy of Mililani, Hawaii.
Aghabi, who sustained a T6 spinal cord injury nearly 20 years ago, is planning to self propel his chair from Los Angeles to New York. Working with Sunrise and with Rob Morgan, an ATP in Numotion’s Chatsworth, Calif., office, Aghabi took delivery of a Quickie Q7 with Spinergy LX wheels and Schwalbe Marathon tires.
Thanks to the new chair, Aghabi said, “My cross-country roll has just gotten a little bit easier, helping me to try and become the first person ever to accomplish such a feat in a regular wheelchair.”
Choy, diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, is often hospitalized for surgeries that are followed by months of bedrest. His medical insurance doesn’t cover wheelchair provision, Campbell said, and Choy – who has refurbished and donated computers to homeless shelters that serve veterans -- doesn’t qualify for Medicare or Medicaid benefits.
National Seating & Mobility ATP Frank Lane, located in Honolulu, worked to fit a new Quickie 2 folding chair with Quickie Xtender power assist to meet Choy’s needs. The power-assist system, Campbell said, will increase the range Choy gets when he propels and reduce the energy he expends.
Consumers can apply to the Propel Donation Program by filling out an application.
Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.