Run. Walk, ‘n’ Roll Raises Over $28,000
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Friends of Disabled Adults and Children Raises Over $28,000 through 2014 Run Walk ‘n Roll
Funds Will Support Organization’s Home Medical Equipment Program
STONE MOUNTAIN GA (12 May 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, held its annual fund-raising event, Run Walk ‘n Roll, at Stone Mountain Park on Saturday, 3 May 2014. The event hosted 250 runners, walkers and rollers, and raised over $28,000. The funds will support FODAC’s home medical equipment program which supplies HME to adults and children with long- and short-term mobility impairments, at little or no cost to the recipient.
“FODAC’s success is dependent on our incredibly generous supporters,” stated Chris Brand, president and CEO of FODAC. “”I am constantly amazed at the level of involvement exhibited at our fund-raising events like Run Walk ‘n Roll. This year, many of our participants put together entire teams sponsored by their companies, churches or other organizations, which not only raised awareness of FODAC and its mission, but contributed greatly to the fund-raising efforts.”
FODAC’s Run Walk ‘n Roll is a 5.2 mile race or two mile fun walk/roll routing through Stone Mountain Park. The event is one of FODAC’s main fundraisers. Participants can run, walk or roll through the course; wheelchairs, strollers and walkers are all welcome. All proceeds benefit FODAC’s HME Program that distributes over 5,000 items each year to Georgia and other states. These items include power and manual wheelchairs, hospital beds, walkers, shower chairs and pediatric equipment. In addition to raising funds, participants are encouraged to bring used DME to the event; FODAC will clean and refurbish donated equipment at its Stone Mountain facility and distribute at little or no cost to qualified recipients.
Coming in first in the race was Tommy Buck, Atlanta, who ran the course in 34:18. Second place was Phillip Halcomb, Alpharetta, with a time of 34:49, and third place was Dallas Crum, Cumming, with 35:07. Buck was part of Scott’s Sprinters, a team that raised over $1,000 for FODAC; Halcomb and Crum were part of AMS Van’s team, which raised over $1,500.
“Cutbacks in government programs have increased co-payments and wait times for benefits,” stated Brand. “The money raised in this year’s Run Walk ‘n Roll will help FODAC continue to provide support and equipment to our mobility-impaired clients, and keep them engaged in their communities.”
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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. In 2013, FODAC was selected as the statewide distributor of home medical equipment (HME) and assistive technology in the event of a large population-affecting emergency situation. For more information, visit www.fodac.org.
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