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Lawn Chair Wheelchairs

Don Schoendorfer makes wheelchairs out of lawn chairs and bicycle wheels. His hobby was inspired by a woman in India who crawled across the dirt because she had no wheelchair. After building 100 of the inexpensive chairs, Schoendorfer founded the organization Free Wheelchair Mission in order to get the chairs shipped to those who need them worldwide.
It costs less than $60 to have each chair made, shipped and delivered to "some of the most remote corners of the globe," according to Schoendorfer's website, freewheelchairmission.org.

Better yet, the recipients don't have to pay a dime for their new mobility.

Schoendorfer says he hopes to distribute 20-million wheelchairs in total.

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what a really Neat thing to do. imagine going from crawling across the dirt to getting one of these wheelchairs from someone you don't even know...for free! seeing a need and taking action to fulfill it - not for profit - just to help other people...the world could use a lot more people like that. hooray for Don Schoendorfer!!
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I would think it would still be profitable for wheelchair companies to open up new markets, even at $60. They're probably still cheaper to manufacture than the lawnchair versions that don't fold. Folding is important. sigh, problems with the market.
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