Thanks so much to our friends at Operation Blessing International in Laos for sharing this story!
On July 26th, Free Wheelchair Mission’s Magic of Mobility will again be center stage.  Great camaraderie, good food, loads of celebration, and most of all, the coveted opportunity to meet our guest wheelchair recipient.  Every year, we host a person from a developing country that has received the transforming gift of mobility and get the chance to learn first-hand the difference a wheelchair can make.  This summer we have not one, but TWO such honored guests that will be joining us in Costa Mesa for our annual event.  Here is their story:
Through both seemed to be healthy at birth, brothers Siengmy and Siengsy Phengphachan of Laos slowly began to lose their ability to walk as they grew up.  The boys had been enrolled in the local school at the time, but the family could not afford medical attention and when they could no longer walk, they had to drop out.  The brothers were glad to have each other, but were deeply saddened at being separated from school and friends, and felt that they had become a burden to their family.
That was ten years ago.  Now 18 and 22 years old, the boys have learned to crawl to get around, tending to the garden and feeding the animals, trying to help out as much as they could.  Life has been difficult but the family never imagined their boys would each be able to have a wheelchair of their own.  Last year, though, two wheelchairs were provided through Operation Blessing International and the Christian Broadcasting Network, Free Wheelchair Mission’s partners in the region.
Wheelchairs made all the difference. They boys feel successful and happy, and less dependent upon their parents.  Newly mobilized, they have been able to return to school, empowered and enthusiastic about the road that lies ahead. 
Magic of Mobility
Hilton OrangeCounty
July 26th, 2011
5:30 p.m. – Doors open!  Join us for cuisine, camaraderie, and our unique silent auction.
7:45 p.m. – Program begins – featured wheelchair recipients, inspirational speakers, exciting live auction.
8:45 p.m. – Dessert and coffee
Attire:  Festive with an international flair
Tickets: $150 per person. ($175 after July 18th)
Reply by July 18 2011 for special ticket pricing.
For more information about sponsorship, donating items, or buying tickets
contact Angela Gomez at (949) 273-8470 x208 or agomez@freewheelchairmission.org
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