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.”
Thanks to our founder, Ed Kane, for taking the guys from D4D to the Cubs home opener last night. Despite some weather issues a good time was had by all. Thanks also to Ed’s wife Sue for letting us use … Continue reading →
Meisha Robinson, the eagle-eyed manager of St. Philip Neri’s medical equipment lending program, noticed someone leaving a church service with difficulty using a walker. That someone is named Deborah Jackson. “Her old device was in bad shape and she appeared … Continue reading →
The organizers of the Notre Dame University Executive Business Council of Chicago received “great feedback” on Bob Shea’s presentation to that group earlier this month.
Devices 4 the Disabled was the featured community service organization at the meeting. Bob told the story of how he and Ed Kane founded D4D, and how we are helping those in need receive medical equipment to gain new mobility. The event enabled D4D to make new connections in the Chicago business community.
Here, Bob shows the Notre Dame group the Emmy we received from Brad Edwards of CBS Chicago.
Our partner Am Shalom Reform Congregation in Glencoe has a strong commitment to social action, as evidenced by its many programs to feed the hungry, help Syrian refugees, and provide clothing for needy children.
In keeping with that commitment, last Thursday, Feb. 9, D4D was invited to Am Shalom’s Executive Board dinner. Bob Shea, Joel Heifitz, and Paul Goldman attended. All of us at D4D would like to thank Rabbi Stark Lowenstein for his very generous donation. Am Shalom already serves as a dropoff point for equipment for D4D, and we look forward to even closer cooperation in the future.
In this image from the Executive Board dinner, Bob Shea shows off the Emmy Award presented to us by Brad Edwards of CBS, while Paul Goldman looks on.