FODAC Run Walk ‘n Roll raises $45,000 for mobility support
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Lizbeth A. Dison
175 registrants participate “any place, any way” in this year’s “virtual” event
TUCKER GA (MAY 18, 2020) – Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) raised over $45,000 in its 20th Annual Run Walk ‘n Roll on Saturday, May 9. One of the organization’s main annual fundraisers, this year the family-friendly event was re-imagined as a “virtual” event due to the pandemic. 175 participants across thirteen states “got moving” through a variety of activities anywhere they chose – running or walking on a treadmill, rolling through their neighborhood, hiking a trail, or riding bikes, just to name a few. Many participants posted photos and videos of themselves during the event across social media with the hashtag #MovingwithFODAC.
“We were overwhelmed by the response from our supporters who enthusiastically embraced the reformatted event,” said Chris Brand, president and CEO of FODAC. “Many non-profits have had to postpone or cancel major fund-raising events because of COVID-19 and the resulting social restrictions, but FODAC friends took up the challenge in diverse and inventive ways to raise a record amount of funds to support our mission.”
Vicki Crowell, of Union City, Georgia, was this year’s top fundraiser, raising $3,700 in sponsorships and surpassing her top fundraiser status from the 2019 RWnR.
Funds from RWnR will support FODAC’s mission to provide home medical equipment, (HME) such as wheelchairs, shower benches and walkers, at little to no cost for mobility-challenged recipients and their families and caregivers. Last year, FODAC’s HME program provided over 8,500 items to the disability community, helping to increase mobility and independence for the recipients.10% of FODAC clients are children, and because of equipment they receive from FODAC, they are able to attend school, exhibit more independence at home, and engage in life more fully as children should.
Corporate sponsors for RWnR included Combined Services, Kids ‘r’ Kids, Bullseye Auction and Appraisals, Rusty and Laura McKellar, Strickland & Schwartz, VGM Group, Marathon Financial Strategies, and Emory Alliance Credit Union.
Those wishing to make financial donations to FODAC in support of its HME work can do so at fodac.org.
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For over thirty years, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) has helped 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 400 tons of materials out of landfills each year by refurbishing and reissuing over 700 DME items every month, and is recognized nationally for best practices. In 2014, FODAC was named to Charities Under 5% Overhead, an organization of charities that have operating overhead of five percent or less, and was recently awarded for the second year the Gold Seal of Transparency by Charity Navigator.
In 2013, Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) appointed FODAC to serve as the statewide distributor of DME and assistive technology in the event of a large population-affecting emergency situation. In this role, FODAC will warehouse the HME and other equipment, then, working with GEMA and the American Red Cross (ARC) of Georgia, will coordinate the delivery and distribution to emergency shelters around the state. FODAC has been a member of Georgia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (GAVOAD) for over a decade, and joined National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) in 2019, bringing to both organizations much-needed expertise and experience in the area of disaster recovery for the disabled community.
In 2016, Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA) fully accredited FODAC as a durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) provider, thus confirming the organization’s compliance with quality standards established in the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act.
For more information on FODAC and its programs, visit fodac.org. Follow FODAC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.