|LifeNets Puget Sound
Chapter Provides Wheelchair to Tacoma Disabled Theft Victim -- KOMO-TV
Seattle’s ABC Affiliate KOMO News 4’s (www.komonews.com)
Problem Solver’s program helped a Tacoma man obtain another
In response to the story, several people volunteered a wheelchair,
including LifeNets. A deluxe model was chosen and given to Andrew Hagan
Monday, the day after KOMO aired the story which was May 11, 2009..
it turned out that new chair too heavy and not easily collapsed so it
could be put into his Mother ‘s car when she picked him up from his
A couple of days later, KOMO’s Jennifer
Austin called Catherine Brumbaugh, LifeNets Puget Sound member, who had
called after seeing the program but could not obtain a chair that
Working with Alix Kubik, LifeNets
wheelchair program coordinator, a chair was located in the Seattle area,
picked up in north Seattle and taken south to an arranged meeting with
Ms. Hagan and her son Andrew. Ms. Hagan was very happy to have a
lighter weight model that was easy to fold and store in her car’s
KOMO added information about LifeNets
its website story about the Hagans.
-- Catherine Brumbaugh,
LifeNets Puget Sound Chapter
-- Stranger's kindness refuels man's mobility
May 11, 2009
Wash. -- A local man has gained a new sense of freedom thanks to the
generosity of another.
Andrew Hagan lost his wheelchair last week when his mother's car was
stolen from the parking garage at the Emerald Queen Casino in Fife. The
wheelchair was in the trunk.
Hagan suffers from cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and a heart condition. And
without a wheelchair to use to get around, his mom has had to help him
"It was a lot harder than usual," said mother, Cheri Hagan.
But now, Andrew says he feels "real good," thanks to a stranger who made
a heart-warming donation after seeing a KOMO News report on Sunday
night. Patrick O'Keefe of Everett gave Andrew a nearly-new $8,000
"Yes, it's something the young man can use," O'Keefe said. "It makes me
Both Andrew and Cheri Hagan were thrilled to be given a new wheelchair,
which happens to also recline.
Meantime, the Puyallup Tribal Police are investigating this case.
If you have a wheelchair to donate or are in need of a
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