Aimee Copeland and Father, Denise Meng Join FODAC Board
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Friends of Disabled Adults and Children Expands Board of Directors
Aimee Copeland and Father, Denise Meng Join Board
STONE MOUNTAIN GA (April 2014) Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC), a non-profit organization providing over $10 million annually in durable medical equipment (DME) and supplies to the disabled community, today announced the addition of three new members to its board of directors effective November 2013. Aimee Copeland and her father, Andrew Copeland, active supporters of FODAC since 2012, when Aimee lost both her hands, her left leg and her right foot to flesh-eating bacteria, joined FODAC’s board in November 2013, as did Duluth, Georgia business owner Denise Meng.
“FODAC’s success is owed in large part to the volunteers who support our organization,” said Chris Brand, president and CEO of FODAC. “We will greatly benefit from our board members’ business expertise as well as their personal understanding of FODAC and its mission.”
The Copelands first learned about FODAC and its mission during Aimee’s recovery, when FODAC stepped in to provide a loaner sport chair to assist in her rehabilitation. Since then, Aimee and her father have attended many FODAC functions as spokespeople for the organization.
“FODAC’s mission is one that is obviously close to my heart,” said Aimee. “Both my father and I were honored by this invitation to be a part of an organization that does so much to help those with mobility impairments. I hope that I can help FODAC educate others on how they can help people regain mobility and a sense of independence and dignity.”
Since her illness, Aimee has made a remarkable recovery, inspiring many with her dogged determination to overcome the challenges in her life. Less than two months after leaving the hospital, Aimee walked across the stage of Katie Couric’s talk show for her first television appearance since the accident. She has continued her education; she earned a BS in psychology from the University of Georgia, as well as an MA in the same from the University of West Georgia, and is currently pursuing a Master of social work at Valdosta State University. In addition to her work with FODAC, Aimee also serves on the advisory council for Tools for Life, Georgia’s assistive technology act program, and is involved in programs aimed at getting the disabled back in recreational and nature settings.
Aimee’s father, Andy, has lived in Gwinnett County for over 20 years, and since 2003 has worked as a financial advisor with Edward Jones. Andy is president-elect of the Rotary Club of South Gwinnett County and is also involved with several organizations combating human trafficking in Georgia, particularly in the metro Atlanta area.
“We will always be grateful for FODAC’s support of our family during Aimee’s recovery,” said Andy, “and are honored to have this opportunity to share that support with other families dealing with disabilities, either short- or long-term.”
Denise Meng, who with her husband, Don, owns the Duluth Sign-A-Rama, also joined FODAC’s board in November. She has a long history of involvement in non-profit associations, including Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; Gwinnett Foster Children’s Foundation; and Dress for Success. Meng has also been active in many professional organizations, such as Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce; Commercial Real Estate Women of Atlanta; Atlanta Apartment Association; and the American Marketing Association. Meng’s business resume includes experience in real estate; medical sales and marketing; and printing.
“By enabling a more independent life for those with mobility or developmental disabilities, FODAC helps the disabled add value to their communities,” stated Meng. “It is so rewarding to give them the means to work, attend school, go to church and other events, and fully engage in the world around them.”
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Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) helps people with injuries and disabilities of all ages regain their mobility, independence and quality of life. The non-profit organization provides more than $10 million annually in refurbished home medical equipment (HME) and home modifications in Georgia and across the United States, all at little or no cost to the recipients. A pioneer in re-use, FODAC keeps 200 tons of materials out of landfills each year by refurbishing and reissuing over 400 HME items every month, and is recognized nationally for best practices. For more information, visit www.fodac.org.
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