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April 24, 2006

Medical Equipment Drive Donation Day Set For April 29

Easter Seals Iowa, the Iowa Program for Assistive Technology (IPAT) and the University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD), part of Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics, will hold a medical equipment donation drive for the Easter Seals Equipment Loan Program. Donations may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at CDD, located at 100 Hawkins Drive in Iowa City.

The Easter Seals Equipment Loan program accepts good-quality, durable medical equipment, refurbishes and sanitizes it, and loans it to individuals in need. The program accepts donations of the following equipment: electric and manual wheelchairs, shower chairs, hoyer lifts, walkers, canes and other adaptive home health care devices. All donors will receive a letter documenting their donation. Equipment is provided to people in Iowa for a nominal fee based on the availability of items.

"Currently Easter Seals serves over 1,300 people across Iowa through the Equipment Loan Program, and the need to provide durable medical equipment is growing at a rate greater then we can provide for," said Tracy Keninger of Easter Seals. "Easter Seals is only able to provide for 50 percent of the equipment requests, as we simply do not have the necessary equipment in our inventory to meet the needs."

"The Iowa Program for Assistive Technology and the Center for Disabilities and Development understand that not everyone can afford to purchase the necessary medical equipment needed to improve their quality of life, so we are proud to team up with the Iowa Chapter of Easter Seals on this worthy project," said Jane Gay, program director of IPAT.

Through a donation to the Easter Seals Equipment Loan Program, a person may gain an opportunity to increase their independence and participate in community activities.

Easter Seals' mission is to provide exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu; Program: Tracy Keninger, Easter Seals, 515-309-2371, tkeninger@eastersealsia.org; Jane Gay, Iowa Program for Assistive Technology, 319-356-4463, jane-gay@uiowa.edu