Georgia governor proclaims 2 May as “Disabled Adults and Children” Day; FODAC’s Run Walk ‘n Roll celebrates the day

Georgia governor Nathan Deal today declared Saturday, 2 May as “Disabled Adults and Children Day,” recognizing the challenges faced by the 1.2 million Georgia residents with some form of disability and the organizations, like Friends of Disabled Adults and Children  (FODAC), whose missions are to support these individuals in their struggle to engage with the community and lead meaningful lives.

On Saturday, FODAC will hold its annual Run Walk ‘n Roll fundraiser at Stone Mountain Park. All proceeds will support FODAC’s mission of providing equipment and services at little to no cost for the disabled community. This event will raise awareness and increase support for individuals, families and caregivers who have been affected by a mobility impairment, either temporary or permanent,

Aimee Copeland will be a special guest at Run Walk ‘n Roll, greeting attendees and presenting awards.   We have included below the media alert for Run Walk ‘n Roll with all the details of the event. If you or a member of your staff is interested in covering the event, please contact me and we would be happy to provide a press pass for the park. Feel free to contact me directly if you have questions; we can send photos from last year’s event upon request.   We look forward to hearing from you soon, and/ hope to see you at Stone Mountain Park on 2 May.


________________________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 20 April 2015 Press contact:  Lizbeth Dison Shiny, Inc. 678.872.8164           MEDIA ALERT         Friends of Disabled Adults and Children Hosts 15th Annual Run Walk ‘n Roll      WHO: Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC)

WHAT: FODAC 15th Annual Run Walk “n Roll      WHEN: Saturday, 2 May 2015 Registration:  7.30 a.m. Race start:  8.00 a.m. Walk and Roll start:  9.00 a.m      WHERE: Stone Mountain Park Confederate Hall 1000 Robert E. Lee Boulevard Stone Mountain, Georgia      WHY: FODAC’s Run Walk ‘n Roll is a five mile race (two mile walk) 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 (Home Medical Equipment) 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.   Registration and other details for Run Walk ‘n Roll can be found at

Corporate sponsorships are still available.    #   #   #   About FODAC 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 2014, FODAC was named to Charities Under 5% Overhead, an organization of charities that have operating overhead of five percent or less.   In 2013, Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) appointed FODAC to serve as the statewide distributor of HME 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.

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