At the age of 8, Brynn went to Israel with her family to deliver 280 wheelchairs sponsored by her brother Tyler’s humanitarian Bar Mitzvah project. Meeting numerous people with physical disabilities at hospitals, rehabilitation centers, community centers, and convalescent homes, especially a terror victim in Sderot who lost his leg in a rocket attack, deeply affected Brynn and made her realize we cannot take our mobility for granted.
Two years later she and her family traveled to South Africa to deliver 560 wheelchairs sponsored by her brother Harrison’s humanitarian Bar Mitzvah project. Brynn witnessed the positive impact a wheelchair had on an entire family caring for a child with muscular dystrophy. Seeing people drag themselves over the same ground she easily walked over struck Brynn in a dramatic way, and she committed to continue the work started by her brothers and embraced by her family.
In 2015, Brynn led her own humanitarian Bat Mitzvah project and raised the funds to purchase and deliver 280 wheelchairs to Vietnam. Vietnam suffered the effects of armed conflict within its borders for a good portion of the 20th century, and injuries to its citizens affect almost 10% of the population. Physical disabilities caused by the remnants of war result in the need for wheelchairs in excess of 5 million of the 90 million citizens. Brynn travelled with her family to Vietnam and distributed wheelchairs to hospitals, relief organizations, and individuals in their villages and homes. She saw how a wheelchair not only provides the gift of mobility for those without it, but can also act to help build bridges between people from different ends of the globe.
In 2017, Brynn led a humanitarian project that raised the funds to purchase and deliver over 70 wheelchairs to West Virginia. West Virginia is one of the poorest states in the United States, with one of the highest percentages of disabled residents in the country. Brynn and her family travelled throughout the entire state of West Virginia, making deliveries in hospitals, orphanages, rehabilitation centers and people’s homes. She saw how the power of a wheelchair can transform a person’s life – not just in a developing country, but in the United States as well.
Brynn’s current humanitarian project for which she is raising over $50,000 is to bring 280 wheelchairs to Ecuador in the summer of 2019. Led by President Lenin Moreno, who has been in a wheelchair since 1998, and First Lady Rocio Gonzalez Navas, Ecuador is one of South America’s leaders in promoting disability rights, where more than 50 million people (10% of the region’s population) live with a form of disability. Brynn is looking forward to traveling to Ecuador with her family to bring the gift of the mobility to those in need throughout the country.
Each gift of $180 enables us to deliver a wheelchair that would cost more than $500 in a medical supply store. These wheelchairs are delivered in ocean freight containers of 280 wheelchairs each, and allow children to go to school, adults to go to work to provide for their families, and the elderly to get out of a bed they may have been confined to for years.
Please support Brynn by helping her to answer prayers and make dreams come true for Ecuadorian children, teens and adults in dire need of mobility.
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