Greetings and happy Friday Monday!

An interesting facet of the community of people facing physical challenges is that while not everyone is born into it, most people will join it at some point in their lives. It’s much easier to accommodate this reality in places that have infrastructure in place to support their communities of people with disabilities, but in many parts of the world this is not the case. Migdalia, the grandmother in Mexico, comes from one such place.

MigdaliaOn the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico, lives a woman named Migdalia. As a girl, Migdalia ran through the sandy streets of her village to help get rid of her extra energy. She has lived many years, and with age walking became more and more difficult until she could no longer do it. “I never thought that a day would come when I would be unable to walk. When I realized that day had arrived, I resigned to just let myself die. When my family learned of the FWM’s work in Mexico, suddenly I could hope again—my hope of regaining mobility helped give back my spark for living. Today, with the chair that I received, I can ask my children and grandchildren to move me from one place to another with dignity: not in a wheelbarrow like an animal, but in my wheelchair. Soon we will visit the sea, my family and I, and the memories that will flood back to me will make me very happy. This gift has given me life again; it has restored my sense of self-worth.”

We all watch loved ones as they grow older, but it would be hard for many of us to imagine having to put them in a wheelbarrow to get from place to place. Yet that was the reality for Migdalia and her family—a reality transformed because of the gift of a simple wheelchair. Thank you for making that transformation possible.


Don Schoendorfer

PS—we are in the midst of our 2nd Annual Big Push. As we strive to give 10,000 people the gift of mobility between now and March 31, please consider partnering with us to reach our goal.


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