The landlord is doing some improvements on Devices 4 the Disabled’s new space and we will be moving equipment there soon. We’re excited about the opportunities our new home represents! In particular, we hope our new space makes it easier … Continue reading →
When Ed Kane conceived the idea for Devices 4 the Disabled in 2015, his dream was to give the disabled more visibility, and to bridge the gaps in the distribution system that prevent them from getting what they need. His friend Bob Shea was determined to make Ed’s dream a reality, and to recognize Ed with a center where the disabled could go to be fitted for power equipment and other durable medical equipment.
Today that dream becomes a reality. As you can see in the accompanying photo, we have signed the lease on the Ed Kane Center, which will be located at 2743 W. 36th Place, in the heart of Chicago. The location will serve as our distribution site for power wheelchairs, scooters, patient lifts, and other durable medical equipment. We will be working with Mt. Sinai Medical Center and other medical facilities in the area to provide this much-needed service for people in need. The only requirement is demonstrated need, and the disabled will be able to get what they need at no cost to them.
This new step in D4D’s evolution comes with new responsibilities. These include monthly rent, utility costs, insurance, repairs and maintenance to equipment, and transportation of equipment to the new facility. We’re excited to make this leap. But we need your help.
As the end of the year giving season approaches, please keep D4D in your giving plans. We also ask you to share this with your friends and business colleagues so they can make Ed’s dream a reality and give Ed a new home. We’re excited about these new steeps and we’ll keep you informed as we open the center and get everything operational.
D4D is all about networking and connecting: connecting the disabled to the equipment they need, and connecting people to each other. We were happy to receive an email today from Cyrus Dylan, who writes: “I am just writing to say … Continue reading →
D4D exists to fill in the gaps in the system of distributing Durable Medical Equipment (DME). Some of these are gaps that insurance is slow to fill. Having to wait weeks for the right piece of equipment can result in injury. For example, Katherine writes:
“I would like to thank Ms. Meisha Robinson and St. Philip Neri Church for helping me with your Free Medical Equipment Program. I have been waiting for insurance to approve me with no luck. You all have immediately blessed me with a power scooter! Now I can move around a lot better. I can get my 10-year-old child from school and go to the corner store when I need to. This scooter can help me to move around, get outside and get some fresh air. Thank you so much for helping me!”
D4D supplies St. Philip Neri Church on Chicago’s South Side with wheelchairs and other medical equipment, including Ms. Burton’s scooter. We wish her the best and pass along our thanks to Meisha Robinson too!
Our good friend at CBS, Wendy Widom, will speak for herself about a woman named Melissa who needed some help last weekend. Wendy writes: “Today I got to spend time with people who remind me of why we are on … Continue reading →
D4D wishes to thank Annie and Donald Farrell (shown here), who founded Annie’s Resale for the World, 2120 Plum Grove Rd., Rolling Meadows. Annie’s Resale donated a number of pieces of durable medical equipment to us this week. Annie’s is … Continue reading →
A few weeks ago, we were fortunate enough to help Joe Zuniga, who suffers from a condition called osteogenesis imperfecta. Joe depends on a motorized wheelchair to get around. It’s hard for him to walk because his bones are brittle … Continue reading →
D4D was honored to help out our friends at CBS Chicago, Brad Edwards and Wendy Widom. A while back, Joe Zuniga was wheeling down Michigan Avenue on his motorized scooter when he encountered Brad. Joe stopped and told Brad how … Continue reading →
D4D was pleased to be able to help a member of a population in need that was new to us. Most people don’t know it, but hospice patients can be discharged on occasion. When discharged, they often need wheelchairs and … Continue reading →
The young man you see in the photo just needed a helping hand. D4D and Meisha Robinson, who manages the free medical equipment program we supply at St. Philip Neri Church, were glad to extend it. His name is Derrall Willis, age 52. We received this message from his sister:
“My name is Latasha Morris and Derrall Willis is my brother. I am forever grateful for you and your church family at St. Philip Neri in blessing my brother with a wheelchair. My brother Derrall was shot when I was 5 years old. His gunshot wounds left him paraplegic and in a wheelchair ever since.
“Derrall is currently homeless and staying in a shelter on the West Side because none of our family’s apartments where we live are ADA accessible and wherever he lives must be handicap accessible. I feel bad for my brother because he has overcome so many obstacles in life. Thanks again for giving us a wheelchair in our time of need.”
And Derrall added:
“I am so happy that you blessed me.
May God continue to bless each of you,
Derrall Willis May 2017.”