In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive. ”
“Holiday Giving” At The Helen Marshall Center
A donations event was held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the new Helen Marshall Cultural Center at Queens Borough Hall. It was emceed by Jeffrion Aubry, NY State Assemblyman, and hosted by Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President. The event, attended by executive leadership for NYC Health + Hospitals, staff and patients from NYC Health + Hospitals Carter and Coler, along with WCI board members and long-time supporters, began with interdenominational prayers from Rev. John Boyd II, Father Felix Herrera, Imam Khaleel Carter and Rabbi Gerald Skolnik.
Through God’s blessing, so far in 2016 Wheelchair Charities has purchased 28 wheelchairs, state-of-the-art physical therapy equipment, high-tech speech and audiology equipment, and two types of portable ventilators. At the event, politicians, business leaders and Wheelchair Charities supporters presented 14 Carter and Coler residents with new motorized and manual wheelchairs. By the end of 2016, WCI expects to have purchased a total of 42 new wheelchairs—38 motorized, and four manual wheelchairs for the special needs residents of Coler’s “Childrens Unit.”
Joseph Salvatore, Director, Rehab, assisted by WCI supporters Robert Vaccarello, RY Management and Sara Cicerone, Gilbane Inc., demonstrated some of the new rehabilitation equipment—the Omni VR (virtual reality) machine and the OmniCycle. Both items make rehabilitation exercises more enjoyable and less monotonous for the user, and can be adjusted for use by patients at any level of mobility.
The Synchrony Dysphagia System was presented by Allison Felsher, Director of Speech & Audiology, along with Queens Borough President Katz. The system provides individuals with “See The Swallow” virtual reality, allowing the speech pathologist and the user to actually visualize the person’s swallow on a screen.
Carter’s head of Respiratory Therapy, Lawrence Hardinge, along with Samir Hernandez, Sports Marketing North America, Jordan Brand, presented the Oxylog 3000 moisture-resistant ventilators. These amazing pneumatic machines will safely accommodate high moisture and humidity, which will enable ventilator patients to take a shower. The Oxylog will have a huge impact on the quality of life of ventilator-dependent patients and residents. Also on display were Revel portable ventilators, which allow ventilator-dependent patients to leave not only their units, but even the hospital grounds. The Revel ventilators have a battery life of 4-5 hours and are rechargeable.
Attendees witnessed firsthand the joy in the patients and residents’ faces as the new equipment was unveiled, and as they received their new wheelchairs. We thank Borough President Katz and her staff for making this event possible, and Assemblyman Aubry for coordinating the event, and most of all, God for His continued blessing and guidance.