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Neighbors helping neighbors: local resident raises funds to put family on the road

David Guillory, General Manager for MobilityWorks of Atlanta, Aunt Julia, Kris, Elizabeth Front Row:  Robert Harris and Scott Coots of MobilityWorks Atlanta

David Guillory, General Manager for MobilityWorks of Atlanta, Aunt Julia, Kris, Elizabeth Front Row: Robert Harris and Scott Coots of MobilityWorks Atlanta

Earlier this month Elizabeth Onyori did something she has not been able to do since 2004. Elizabeth drove her son, Kris, to their home in Smyrna, Georgia. The ability to transport her son, who is disabled, came from the determination of East Cobber Scott Coots and the generosity of his friends and colleagues.

Scott, who has quadriplegia from a diving accident 23 years ago, met Elizabeth and her son through the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund organization. Scott recognized Elizabeth’s need to transport Kris without calling an ambulance service each time, but he knew there were financial challenges to overcome for Elizabeth to purchase a wheelchair accessible van.

As a Certified Mobility Consultant with MobilityWorks, Scott Coots meets individuals in need every day. His job is to find mobility solutions for them, such as a wheelchair accessible van, scooter lift, turning automotive seat, or hand controls. Scott is very familiar with the Brain and Spinal Trust Fund of Georgia and their vehicle grants of $10,000 to families who apply and qualify. After helping Elizabeth and Kris apply for a grant, Scott geared up to raise the remaining balance for a wheelchair accessible van. He named the effort, “Project Kris.” In less than three months, Scott received enough donations, combined with a $10,000 grant, to buy a 2003 Ford E250 full-sized converted van for Elizabeth and Kris.

Elizabeth, Kris, and Kris’ Aunt Julia arrived at MobilityWorks of Atlanta on Friday July 20th to receive their new van. Joy, elation, and gratitude were evident on their faces as they drove away in their new van. The faces of those who work with Scott Coots beamed with pride as he was greeted with, “Well done, Scott. Well done.”

To learn more about The Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund of Georgia, visit www.gatrustfund.org. To learn more about products and services offered by MobilityWorks, visit www.mobilityworksforall.com.

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