Bert Burns Shares Fundraising Ideas to Help People with Disabilities

Bert Burns

Bert Burns

Paralympian and UroMed founder Bert Burns is featured in a new book that is designed to provide fundraising ideas to people in need of support for their medical equipment, adaptive sports gear or specialized health care needs.

Wheel:Life, an online community for wheelchair users worldwide, has published 10 Fundraiser Ideas to Help People with Disabilities as a new e-book on Amazon.com. Wheel:Life publications center on sharing resources and support for people who use wheelchairs.

“Wheel:Life receives hundreds of inquiries each year from people who are seeking advice on ways to raise money for medical equipment, adaptive sports gear or specialized health care,” author Lisa Wells says. “While Wheel:Life doesn’t have the funds to financially support these requests, we are able to provide intelligent support by offering resources like this book.”

Burns was paralyzed in his 20s when a drunk driver hit the car he was driving. After completing rehab at Lucerne Rehabilitation Hospital in Orlando, Florida, Burns set his sights on becoming an active athlete, much like he was before his accident.

“Every other month when I got my SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine in the mail, I would go straight to the racing section and look for the results to see what times were posted so I knew what I had to do to get to the top as a wheelchair racer. I even cut out pictures and hung them in front of me on the rollers as I worked out – pictures of the best racers in the world at that time like Clayton Geiren, Jeff Worthington and John Brewer,” Burns says.

Before Burns could test out his unproven ability as a wheelchair racer, though, he first needed to acquire an adaptive wheelchair that could be used for road races. Medical insurance doesn’t cover this type of adaptive equipment, and as a college student fresh out of rehab, Burns certainly didn’t have the funds to afford a sport-specific wheelchair all on his own.

Bert believes in pursuing what you can do, rather than what you can’t do.  His pursuits have earned him gold medals around the world!

Bert believes in pursuing what you can do, rather than what you can’t do.
His pursuits have earned him gold medals around the world!

10 Fundraiser Ideas to Help People with Disabilities shares how Burns was able to successfully raise support to purchase the most important wheelchair of his storied racing career – his first.  The book also includes Burns’ recommendations to consider when you are purchasing racing wheelchairs or other adaptive equipment.

10ideasIn addition to Burns’ personal story of success, 10 Fundraiser Ideas to Help People with Disabilities also features:

  • Project Walk Atlanta participant Leslie Ostrander on how she raised money for additional rehab
  • The founders of 100 Songs for Kids and their annual music event that benefits children’s medical charities
  • Rolling Inspiration creator Chris Salas on how he lined up sponsors for his SCI peer support group and power soccer team
  • The creators of Hunter’s Torch Daylily Garden, a fundraising resource for a child with special needs.
  • The Independence Fund – a little known source of financial support for disabled US veterans.

Available for purchase at Amazon’s Kindle bookstore, the book retails for $1.99.  Proceeds from the book go toward funding additional Wheel:Life programs for the wheelchair community that they serve.

Purchase your copy at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HUKCA10#_

Note: If you have a disability and are facing a financial challenge, you can request a free copy of this book at: http://wheel-life.org/free-book-series/

 

About UroMed Catheters
Headquartered in Suwanee, GA [a suburb of Atlanta], UroMed is one of the nation’s leading providers of single-use catheters, urological and disposable medical supplies, including intermittent catheters, closed system catheters, condom catheters, pediatric catheters and continence care products. UroMed is nationally accredited for Medicare reimbursement and most state Medicaid plans, and partners with private health insurance providers and health plans to provide patients with single-use catheters, catheter kits and incontinence products. UroMed also has seven staffed regional offices located in Boston, MA; Columbia, SC; Jacksonville, FL; Dallas, TX; Carlsbad, CA; Knoxville, TN; Richmond, VA; and Baton Rouge, LA; enabling next-day delivery after a customer’s initial medical supply order. For more information, please visit http://www.uromed.com or call 1-800-841-1233.

One Response to Bert Burns Shares Fundraising Ideas to Help People with Disabilities

  1. Lucille Hood says:

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