Greetings and happy Friday Monday!

So often I bring you stories of families whose lives have been transformed with the gift of mobility. How they will no longer have to carry their son or daughter to school. How their children can finally pursue the dreams of education or employment that, without a wheelchair, were once thought impossible. Today’s Friday Story is similar, but not the same. Our partners in Honduras, Arbol de Vida, bring us the story of Iris Jakeline and her young daughter:

Iris Jakeline is 42 years old and lives in San Pedro Sula. She was born with a deformity in her legs and feet that left her unable to walk. She has only been able to get around by crawling on the ground—her only mobility aid was a piece of wood that she used as a sort of makeshift crutch. Moving around her own home was very difficult—leaving her house was nearly impossible. But no more. With the new wheelchair she has, getting around now will be much easier—taking care of and providing for her daughter will be much easier. She is very thankful to everyone that is responsible for giving her the gift of mobility. She says that this gift has definitely changed her life and the life of her daughter.

This week the roles that we see so many times around the world are reversed. And the result is equally beautiful. Raising children is already plenty of work—having to raise them with only a piece of wood for an improvised crutch proves even more difficult. Yet Iris Jakeline, for years, did just that. Now, through the gift of mobility, getting around will be much easier. In her own words “her life and the life of her daughter…[are] changed:” altogether changed because of your support and your love for people like Iris. On behalf of all the individuals around the world Free Wheelchair Mission has served, and will continue to serve, thank you.


Don Schoendorfer


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