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Free Wheelchair Mission Founder Don Schoendorfer Wins AARP® Purpose Prize® Award and Inspire Award®

Don Schoendorfer wins AARP Purpose Prize and Inspire Award

The 5 AARP Purpose Prize winners (PC: Stephen Voss for AARP)

Don Schoendorfer (left) and AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins (proper) (PC: Stephen Voss for AARP)

IRVINE, CA, USA, November 1, 2023 / — Free Wheelchair Mission President and Founder Don Schoendorfer was honored with each the AARP® Purpose Prize® Award and Inspire Award®. The Purpose Prize was introduced on September 26, 2023, and the Inspire Award was introduced by AARP in a ceremony in Washington, DC on October 25, 2023.

The AARP Purpose Prize is a prestigious annual award that honors these above 50 years previous who’ve used their data and life expertise to make a distinction. The AARP Inspire Award is introduced to 1 AARP Purpose Prize winner, determined via votes by the general public. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that empowers individuals to decide on how they reside as they age.

“Our Purpose Prize winners and Fellows are shining examples of a easy, but profound fact: After we discover our sense of function—that sure one thing that offers us a cause to stand up and get going day by day—we not solely give which means to our personal lives; we make the world a greater place for everybody,” stated AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins.

On the AARP occasion on October 25, Schoendorfer was honored throughout a ceremony and reception alongside the opposite 4 AARP Purpose Prize winners. Every of the AARP Purpose Prize winners’ organizations have been awarded with $50,000.

On the finish of the ceremony, Schoendorfer was known as again on stage and was introduced as the only real 2024 AARP Inspire Award winner. This extra award features a $10,000 prize awarded to Free Wheelchair Mission along with the $50,000 awarded with the AARP Purpose Prize.

“I’m extraordinarily honored and humbled to obtain the AARP Purpose Prize and Inspire Award,” stated Schoendorfer. “I’d prefer to thank AARP, all of our supporters, together with those that voted, and our group and companions worldwide.”

The award ceremony included a video that highlighted Schoendorfer’s story of founding Free Wheelchair Mission and the nonprofit’s work offering 1.4 million wheelchairs in 94 creating international locations over the previous 22 years.

The financial prizes going to Free Wheelchair Mission will help the continuing efforts of Free Wheelchair Mission by sending 625 wheelchairs to people with disabilities in creating international locations.

“We’re so pleased with Don, and we joyously have fun this accomplishment collectively,” stated Free Wheelchair Mission CEO Nuka Solomon. “Thanks to AARP for this honor and for serving to to supply the life-transforming reward of mobility to those that want it most.”

Extra particulars in regards to the AARP Purpose Prize and Inspire Award may be discovered at

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About Free Wheelchair Mission

Over the previous 22 years, Free Wheelchair Mission has offered practically 1.4 million wheelchairs to these dwelling with disabilities throughout 94 international locations. Based in 2001 by Don Schoendorfer, Ph.D., Free Wheelchair Mission is a humanitarian, faith-based nonprofit based mostly in Irvine, California, that designs and manufactures cost-efficient, sturdy wheelchairs for people dwelling with disabilities in creating international locations. In collaboration with a worldwide community of like-minded companions that facilitates wheelchair distribution, the charity gives renewed dignity, independence, and hope via the reward of mobility, all for free of charge to the recipient.

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