Greetings and happy Friday!
We often take it for granted that we can socialize with friends; walking to and from the car, walking with them on the beach. But for over 100 million people around the world, the reality is sitting on the ground, being carried or dragging themselves to where they need to go. Today I want to share a story with you about a young boy in Armenia:
Hamlet became an orphan when he was seven month old. Having no one to care for him, he and his siblings were sent to live in an SOS Children’s Village (a homeless children shelter), where they would receive care, education and a family-style environment. Now at 11 years old, Hamlet suffers from muscular dystrophy, resulting in muscle degeneration. Despite his disease, Hamlet tries to be as active as his body will allow and is very sociable.
Receiving a GEN_2 wheelchair from Free Wheelchair Mission was the first wheelchair Hamlet has ever received. He was so excited for the freedom his wheelchair brought him and the ability to get around on his own. He wheeled himself around the village foyer and showed off his wheelchair to his friends.
Thank you for giving Hamlet a new sense of freedom, independence and an easier way to socialize with his friends. Thank you also for changing lives through the gift of mobility and for believing, as I do, that no one should have to crawl. We are so grateful for your support.