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Ilderton Conversion Kicks Off Dealer Donation Drive
Posted by Carolyn on Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Tim Ilderton presents Ralph Braun and Carolyn Watts, Executive Director of the Foundation, with a check for $1,000.

Last week we had a very welcome visit from a long-time friend of The Braun Corporation. Tim Ilderton, President of Ilderton Conversion, came by to give a generous $1,000 donation to The Ralph Braun Foundation.

Ilderton Conversion has been in the mobility business since 1972 and has three locations across the Southeast. The dealership has earned Braun’s President’s Club Award for 23 consecutive years - proof of its outstanding performance and commitment in the disability community.

In case you haven’t heard already, The Ralph Braun Foundation is being created for a simple purpose: to provide accessible transportation to individuals and organizations that cannot afford them. A donation from such a dedicated dealer is especially meaningful. With the support and generosity of dealers like Ilderton Conversion, we’ll have a charitable means to provide independence and freedom to those who need it most.

As many of you already know, not everyone who needs mobility has the means to pay for it. Medicaid and Medicare sometimes offer funding for wheelchairs, but two wheels will only get you so far. Wheelchair accessible vans open the door (and lower the ramp) to the rest of the world.

No matter what the amount, every donation to the Ralph Braun Foundation will bring someone closer to life-changing mobility and freedom. If you’d like to make a contribution, you have several options. In the near future you’ll be able to make a secure online donation at or send a personal check to The Ralph Braun Foundation, 631 W. 11th Street, Winamac, IN 46996. Of course, the more complicated donations (charitable gift annuities, life insurance policies charitable remainder trusts) are also accepted.

Another way to support the Foundation is to purchase a copy of Ralph Braun’s autobiography Rise Above. All proceeds from the sales of the book benefit The Ralph Braun Foundation. If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, do so at:

The Foundation won’t be accepting grant applications any earlier than January, 2011. Applicants may be individuals or organizations unable to afford their own accessible transportation. Proof of both physical and financial need for the equipment will be required. All applicants will be asked to submit an on-line application along with a letter of recommendation from your local mobility dealer.

Our sincerest appreciation to Ilderton Conversion and for all the dealers and generous supporters who follow their lead! Visit for updates, and you’ll see more on AbilityVoice!
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USA Prescription drug assistance: x-posted


The National MS Society website: Search for "Finding Lower-Priced Prescription Drugs" or "medication assistance" to find information on various assistance programs.

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA): Funded by American pharmaceutical research companies, PPA helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free. Offering a single point of access to more than 475 public and private programs, including nearly 200 offered by pharmaceutical companies, several specific to persons with MS and MS medications; PPA works to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible.

phone: 1-888-4PPA-NOW

You can also get to PPA through the website for The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), representing the country’s leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies. Click on "Patient Assistance Programs"


National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD): Established in 1983, NORD is a non-profit, voluntary health agency that exists to serve persons with rare diseases, including MS. NORD has a section regarding mediction:


Needy Meds: NeedyMeds is also a non-profit organization that was founded in 1997 by Richard Sagall, MD, and Libby Overly, MSW, as a resource of information about patient assistance programs (PAPs). Their website is:
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I know this is on everyone's mind right now, so I thought I'd share some information from an MS specialist on the flu vaccine, here in my journal.
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Hey, folks. I started a new interview series in my journal, and to kick it off, I'll be interviewing one person a day from now until World MS Day (next Wednesday). The first interview is at if you'd like to read or discuss.

Also, if anyone has an interesting story and would like to be interviewed, shoot me a message! 


May. 3rd, 2009 08:56 pm
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Welcome to the Multiple Sclerosis community!  I've created this community to give DW users a home to discuss MS, share good days, rant on bad days, and just to be a supportive place in general, whether you have MS yourself, are unsure if you do or not, or know someone who does.


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