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Department of Physical Therapy Chair Dr. Susan Shore joins leadership team of Irvine-based nonprofit. - September 04, 2019
Retired executives from Invacare Europe bring decades of experience in wheelchair production to the US-based nonprofit wheelchair manufacturer. - August 22, 2019
Nuka Solomon has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM), a world leader in mobility solutions for people with disabilities in under-resourced nations. Solomon has been Executive Director for the last two years. Solomon’s promotion more clearly defines senior... - July 24, 2019
Free Wheelchair Mission hosts an exclusive screening of powerful documentary, "Because No One Should Have to Crawl," featuring the story of Free Wheelchair Mission’s one millionth wheelchair recipient. - December 12, 2018
Marjorie A. Terner, J.D. joins Free Wheelchair Mission Board of Directors. - December 03, 2018
Free Wheelchair Mission Founder and President, Don Schoendorfer, shares leadership lessons on starting the world’s leading provider of wheelchairs for the developing world. - November 08, 2018
Powerful Documentary, "Because No One Should Have to Crawl," Chronicles One-Million-Wheelchair Journey - September 07, 2018
Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, Swati Dlamini Mandela, travels from South Africa to Orange County to bring awareness to disability in developing nations. - June 21, 2018
Free Wheelchair Mission, SD Mines Engineering Students and South Dakota-based RPM & Associates produce first-of-its-kind test track that improves efficiency of wheelchair testing, design and production. - April 05, 2018
Powerful new documentary, "Because No One Should Have to Crawl," chronicles journey to give out one million wheelchairs in developing world. - April 02, 2018
Powerful new documentary, "Because No One Should Have to Crawl," chronicles one-million-wheelchair journey. - February 10, 2018
Powerful new documentary, "Because No One Should Have to Crawl," chronicles one-million-wheelchair journey. - November 09, 2017
Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM) welcomes 2017 Chairman of the Board of Directors Stuart Rattray while celebrating Chairman Emeritus Jim Franklin’s service over the last 10 years. The Irvine-based humanitarian, faith-based organization provides durable and adaptable wheelchairs at no cost to people... - August 17, 2017
Free Wheelchair Mission celebrates one million lives changed through gift of mobility, begins mission to give out second million by 2025. - July 19, 2017
Orange County nonprofit to celebrate one million lives transformed through the gift of mobility at Miracle of Mobility gala on July 13. - June 22, 2017
SD Mines and RPM & Associates Commit to Assist with Free Wheelchair Mission Test Lab. - May 02, 2017
Nuka Solomon has been named Executive Director for Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM), a world leader in mobility solutions for people with disabilities in developing countries. She will report to President and Founder, Dr. Don Schoendorfer. Solomon comes to Free Wheelchair Mission from United Way of Greater... - February 07, 2017
Humanitarian, faith-based nonprofit launches 2 Weeks of Love Challenge on Facebook. - February 01, 2017
Annual “Run for Mobility” Aims to Lift 2,500 Lives Off the Ground on May 6, 2017 - January 31, 2017
Anonymous donor gives FWM $250,000, challenges fellow Houston residents to give. - December 14, 2016
Significant Funding committed to Free Wheelchair Mission Test Lab - December 01, 2016
Dr. Don Schoendorfer, Founder and President of Free Wheelchair Mission, will be a featured guest on KING5 television’s New Day Northwest on Monday, October 3, 2016. Don Schoendorfer is a biomedical engineer who makes his home in Santa Ana, California with his wife, Laurie. They enjoy spending... - September 30, 2016
Dr. Don Schoendorfer, Founder and President of Free Wheelchair Mission, will be the guest speaker on the award winning "Great Day Houston" live on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Don Schoendorfer is a biomedical engineer who makes his home in Santa Ana, California with his wife, Laurie. They... - September 28, 2016
J. Downey Bridgwater, President of Comerica Bank’s Houston market, will chair Free Wheelchair Mission’s new Regional Advisory Council overseeing the states of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arkansas. Mr. Bridgwater brings nearly 40 years of banking experience as well as tremendous... - June 14, 2016
One man transforms the lives of 550 people with disabilities by running marathons for mobility in all 50 states, ending in Traverse City, MI. - May 24, 2016
A recent Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM) container was successfully imported into an area in Syria where delivering aid can be difficult, and all the wheelchairs were distributed within eight days. Through collaboration with Christian Aid Ministries (CAM) the container of 440 FWM GEN_3 wheelchairs cleared... - May 16, 2016
How young is too young to think globally? At Montessori on the Lake (MOTL), a preschool through grade 8 school, children are never too young. Every year since 2005 MOTL has held a jog-a-thon to raise money for a charitable organization. For the second time MOTL has selected to support Free Wheelchair... - May 12, 2016
On July 28, 2016, Free Wheelchair Mission will hold the 13th Annual Miracle of Mobility Gala at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, Calif. Special guest speaker Tim Tebow will share a message affirming the faith, hope and transformation Free Wheelchair Mission shares... - April 08, 2016
Free Wheelchair Mission’s 13th Annual Miracle of Mobility Gala will be held on July 28, 2016, at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, Calif. This inspiring evening will launch FWM’s Mission to a Million campaign to distribute one million wheelchairs by the end... - March 23, 2016
In November 2015, students in Matt McCambridge’s D-Lab: Mobility Wheelchair Design in Developing Countries course at MIT built a prototype of Free Wheelchair Mission’s GEN_4 handcycle. The GEN_4 differs from FWM’s three previous generations of four-wheeled wheelchairs. The handcycle... - March 01, 2016
The Orange County Business Journal named Free Wheelchair Mission’s Miracle of Mobility one of the Top 5 Dinner/Galas in Orange County in 2015. The 12th Annual Miracle of Mobility Gala was held July 23, 2015, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and raised over $1,647,000. The funds raised provided... - January 22, 2016
People living with disabilities in Nigeria are often invisible. The Monsanto Fund is changing the stigma of people with disabilities in Nigeria by opening doors to education, employment, and socialization with the simple gift of a wheelchair. Often individuals with disabilities in Nigeria are excluded... - January 14, 2016
Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM) has earned top ratings from GuideStar and Charity Navigator, two highly respected non-profit reporting services. As a “GuideStar Gold” recipient and a “4-Star” Charity Navigator designee FWM joins a select group of non-profits commended for their... - September 08, 2015
Free Wheelchair Mission’s 12th Annual Miracle of Mobility Gala, held on July 23rd, 2015, raised over $1,647,000 to benefit people in need of mobility. More than 630 guests attended the Gala at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, California. Major sponsors included... - August 10, 2015
Free Wheelchair Mission is an Irvine, CA-based nonprofit that provides the transforming gift of mobility to people with disabilities living in impoverished areas in developing nations. FWM is proud to announce that through the generosity of their donors the x2 Gift Challenge campaign funded 16,000 wheelchairs,... - November 25, 2014
Four containers (2200 individual units) of Free Wheelchair Mission’s wheelchairs arrived in Bangladesh. - June 10, 2014
Author Ellen Gaffney’s first children’s book “Wings for a Flower” was inspired by the story of wheelchair recipient Lotus Blossom. - May 01, 2014
Five Free Wheelchair Mission volunteers recognized at OneOC’s annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards. - April 30, 2014
Free Wheelchair Mission has containers of wheelchairs en-route to Rwanda and Zambia in partnership with World Vision. - March 13, 2014
Free Wheelchair Mission takes home the honor of Top Orange County Nonprofit at second Coast Community Awards. - March 11, 2014
Free Wheelchair Mission partners with local Southern California business to provide mobility. - December 12, 2013
Free Wheelchair Mission’s fifth container (550 individual units) of wheelchairs arrived for distribution in Panama. FWM’s Executive Director, Reed Hartley notes, “although Panama has one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America, availability to clean water, sanitation, electricity... - November 03, 2013
Free Wheelchair Mission’s first container (550 individual units) of wheelchairs were placed on order for Samoa. FWM’s Executive Director, Reed Hartley notes, “although Samoa’s tsunami in 2009 was four years ago this month, the effects of the devastation are still felt deeply throughout... - September 20, 2013
Entire community comes out in support of Free Wheelchair Mission. - September 13, 2013
Free Wheelchair Mission continues to empower communities and partners worldwide in proper wheelchair distribution. - August 29, 2013
Free Wheelchair Mission’s fourth container (550 individual units) of wheelchairs was placed on order for Liberia this week. - August 14, 2013
Free Wheelchair Mission’s first-ever container (550 individual units) of wheelchairs arrived in Paraguay this week. - August 07, 2013
At their annual Fernando Gutierrez Memorial Cup tournament’s final day of matches San Diego Polo Club’s (SDPC) members and attendees raised funds to provide 100 wheelchairs for individuals with physical disabilities in the developing through Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM). More than 850 people... - August 03, 2013
A container of wheelchairs from Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM) has arrived for individuals with physical disabilities living in poverty in Vietnam this week. - August 02, 2013
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