Riqui traveled eight-kilometers twice each day in a broken-down wheelchair. See how a brand-new rugged wheelchair donated through LDS Charities changed his life.
Jose "Riqui" Perez has been using a wheelchair since he was 11. He lives with his family in an overcrowded part of Santo Domingo where rough terrain makes it hard to get around in a conventional wheelchair. His commute to work caused considerable damage to his old wheelchair. The donation of a new rugged wheelchair through LDS Charities has improved his quality of life in ways others can see. Read more.
About LDS Charities
LDS Charities established the Wheelchair Initiative to improve quality of life for people with physical disabilities. Donated wheelchairs improve recipients health, mobility, and educational and economic opportunities. You can learn more about this initiative at the LDS Charities website.
The lives of thousands of people like Riqui are made better everyday because of the support of volunteers and donors like you.
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