UCP Wheels for Humanity’s annual gala, Wheels in Motion, was an incredible success this year, raising over $225,000. This is enough money to provide over 900 wheelchairs! 100% of the money raised will go to UCP Wheels’ programs, which provide numerous valuable services to people with disabilities, from properly fitted wheelchairs to physical therapy to caregiver support and more.
Held at the Petersen Automotive Museum, Wheels in Motion was an evening featuring lots of fun (photo booth, anyone?), delicious food, and silent and live auctions. The best part of the evening, however, was that everyone came together to learn more about and support the work of UCP Wheels for Humanity and the people we serve. Through moving films and speakers, guests saw how providing mobility and services to a person with a disability can truly change his or her life.
Attendee David Rocklin has personally experienced how mobility can transform someone’s life, and it’s why he chooses to support UCP Wheels: “When my father was diagnosed with MS, he feared the loss of independence more than anything. The first time I helped him into a wheelchair, he was uncomfortable, but soon I saw something neither of us anticipated: independence within this new context. He could join us for trips or family gatherings. He could board a bus or van and go somewhere. He could re-enter his life. It’s his memory that drives me to help UCP Wheels reach as many people as possible.”
UCP Wheels is able to give the chance for independence to thousands around the world by providing mobility and opportunity for people with disabilities. Wheels in Motion 2014 helped make this work possible. We would like to thank everyone who attended, donated to, and volunteered at Wheels in Motion for making the event such a success. And don’t forget that you can support our programs any time by heading to our donate page!