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					                           Introducing The All New

Wheelchair Angel Program
                           Wheelchair Foundation



                                           Angel
     A donor referral program that provides hope, mobility, and freedom to the physically
disabled worldwide and gives you an opportunity to volunteer on a wheelchair distribution trip!




                  Personally enjoy a life-changing experience by
             lifting a physically disabled person into a wheelchair!
             Earn your wings! See Pages 6 and 7 for details!
    ABOUT US

                                                                                     WHEELCHAIRS COMMITTED OR DELIVERED
     A MESSAGE FROM                                                               Afghanistan ................6,370
                                                                                  Albania ..........................550
                                                                                                                             Lesotho..........................500
                                                                                                                             Liberia............................780
     KEN BEHRING                                                                  Algeria ...........................640
                                                                                  Angola ........................4,590
                                                                                                                             Lithuania.....................1,090
                                                                                                                             Macedonia.....................480
                                                                                  Antigua and Barbuda ....280                Madagascar................1,030
                                 The “Road to Purpose” is very important to       Argentina ....................6,811        Malawi ........................2,480
                                                                                  Armenia ......................2,964        Malaysia .....................3,940
                                 me and I hope you will join me on that won-      Australia ........................292      Mali................................240
                                 derful road. I will never forget my experi-      Azerbaijan .....................280        Malta..............................240
                                                                                  Bahamas ....................1,200          Marshall Islands ............140
                                 ences along the way.                             Bangladesh ...................240          Mexico ......................84,669
                                                                                  Barbados .......................280        Micronesia ..................1,390
                                                                                  Belarus ..........................990      Moldova......................1,720
                                 >> A lady in Vietnam pushed herself to me in     Belgium .........................280       Mongolia.....................1,320
                                                                                  Belize..........................2,420      Montenegro ...................120
                                     her new wheelchair and said, “I wanted to    Bolivia.........................4,084      Morocco......................3,410
                                     die, but now I no longer want to.”           Bosnia-Herzegovina ...1,480                Mozambique...............1,380
                                                                                  Botswana....................1,688          Myanmar (Burma) .........500
                                 >> A 16-year old boy with a terminal illness,    Brazil ..........................2,305     Namibia .........................466
                                                                                  Bulgaria .........................530      Nepal ..........................2,545
                                     blind and immobile, looked into my eyes      Burundi ..........................520      Nicaragua ...................5,565
                                     with his blind eyes and said, “I will see    Cambodia ...................2,810          Niger..............................240
                                                                                  Canada..........................560        Nigeria ........................1,310
                                     you in heaven.”                              Cape Verde ...................780          N. Mariana Islands ........410
                                 >> Five hundred people in China who had not      Central African Rep. ......240             Oman.............................280
                                                                                  Chile ...........................7,508     Pakistan......................3,175
                                     been out of their homes for 25 years         China ......................140,066        Palestinians/Israel ......1,906
                                     because of back injuries from an earth-      Colombia ....................7,460         Panama ......................5,841
                                                                                  Congo, The Democratic                      Papua New Guinea ....2,080
                                     quake each received a wheelchair.            Republic of the ..............205          Paraguay ....................1,824
                                                                                  Costa Rica..................5,655          Peru............................6,461
    >> A young man in China who was paralyzed from the waist down condi-          Croatia........................1,300       Philippines ..................6,180
       tioned his arms and upper body so he could be the first disabled person    Cuba...........................1,520       Poland ........................2,160
                                                                                  Cyprus ...........................280      Portugal .........................810
       to swim the English Channel.                                               Czech Republic .............597            Puerto Rico ...................490
    >> A person paralyzed from the neck down painted a peacock for me using       Dominica .......................280        Romania .....................2,692
                                                                                  Dominican Republic ...8,458                Russia.........................2,110
       only his mouth.                                                            Ecuador ......................6,139        Rwanda ......................2,200
                                                                                  Egypt ..........................1,058      Saint Lucia ....................560
    >> Hundreds of people tell me that they now can go back to school and         El Salvador .................4,965         Saint Petersburg ...........120
       work or go outside to sit in the sunshine.                                 Eritrea............................250     Saint Vincent and the
                                                                                  Estonia ..........................500      Grenadines....................280
                                                                                  Ethopia .......................2,928       Samoa ........................1,080
    At night when I am sleeping I see thousands of raised arms begging for our    Fiji...............................1,620   Senegal .........................520
                                                                                  France ...........................560      Serbia .........................1,530
    help as we are their only hope.                                               French Polynesia ..........280             Sierra Leone...............1,840
                                                                                  Georgia.......................1,030        Somalia ...........................88
                                                                                  Ghana.........................2,240        South Africa ..............11,620
    Become a member of the Wheelchair Foundation Angel Program with a $75         Greece...........................240       Spain .............................500
                                                                                  Grenada ........................280        Sri Lanka ....................2,890
    donation from you and three referrals who make the same donation. You         Guam.............................250       Sudan ............................280
    will be changing lives, giving hope and providing independence - and with     Guatamala..................7,063           Suriname .......................240
                                                                                  Guyana..........................250        Swaziland ...................1,860
    enough referrals you may be one of the top 30 Angels invited to travel with   Haiti ............................1,820    Syria ..............................641
    me on my plane to volunteer on a wheelchair distribution trip to China or     Honduras....................5,184          Taiwan ...........................756
                                                                                  Hong Kong ....................970          Tajikistan........................480
    Latin America in mid-2008.                                                    Hungary.........................120        Tanzania .....................2,468
                                                                                  India............................2,716     Thailand......................5,240
                                                                                  Indonesia....................3,100         Tibet...............................331
    I hope you will become a member of the Wheelchair Angel Program so            Iran .............................3,880    Tonga.............................500
                                                                                  Iraq .............................4,020    Trinidad & Tobago ......2,164
    together we can enjoy “Our Road to Purpose.”                                  Israel...........................6,890     Turkey.........................4,710
                                                                                  Italy................................580   Turkmenistan.................520
                                                                                  Jamaica ......................3,000        Uganda.......................3,184
    Sincerely,                                                                    Japan..........................1,750       Ukraine .......................3,620
                                                                                  Jordan ........................5,022       United States ............27,115
                                                                                  Kazakhstan.................1,510           Uruguay......................1,632
                                                                                  Kenya .........................2,540       Uzbekistan..................1,240
                                                                                  Kiribati ...........................250    Vanuatu .........................250
                                                                                  Korea, North ..................552         Venezuela...................1,320
                                                                                  Korea, South ..............5,140           Vietnam ....................11,846
                                                                                  Kosovo .......................1,300        Virgin Islands (UK) ........284
    Kenneth E. Behring                                                            Kyrgystan ...................1,240         Virgin Islands (US) ........280
    Founder & Chairman                                                            Laos...............................780     Western Sahara ............153
                                                                                  Latvia.............................740     Zambia .......................1,240
                                                                                  Lebanon .....................2,430         Zimbabwe...................2,050
                                                                                  TOTAL COUNTRIES AND REGIONS . . . . . . . . . . . .150
                                                                                  TOTAL WHEELCHAIRS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .551,316
                                                                                  For current totals visit wheelchairfoundation.org.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   BOARD OF ADVISORS

                                  MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF ADVISORS OF THE WHEELCHAIR FOUNDATION ARE INDIVIDUALS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING WHEELCHAIRS TO
                                  CHILDREN, TEENS AND ADULTS AROUND THE WORLD WHO CANNOT AFFORD ONE FOR THEMSELVES. THE ADVISORS BRING THEIR EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE TO BEAR IN PRO-
international board of advisors
                                                                                                                                                                                                 KING JUAN CARLOS & QUEEN SOFIA OF SPAIN, Co-Chairmen
                                                                                                                                                                                            PRINCE ALEXANDER &                    MRS. ANDREE LAHOUD                         DON SHULA
                                                                                                                                                                                           PRINCESS KATHERINE OF                    First Lady of Lebanon            Entreprenuer/Former NFL Coach
                                                                                                                                                                                                YUGOSLAVIA                             JERRY LEWIS                  RT. HON. SIR MICHAEL SOMARE
                                                                                                                                                                                             CARL A. ANDERSON                      Entertainer/Humanitarian             Prime Minister, Papua New
                                                                                                                                                                                            Supreme Knight, Knights of                                                           Guinea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SUSANA GALLI DE GONZALEZ
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Columbus                             MACCHI                           VIVIAN DE TORRIJOS
                                                                                                                                                                                        WENDY WIDMANN DE BERGER                Former First Lady of Paraguay              First Lady of Panama
                                  VIDING VALUABLE COUNSEL ON THE DIRECTION OF THE FOUNDATION AND SUPPORT IN ACCOMPLISHING ITS GOALS AND FULFILLING ITS MISSION.




                                                                                                                                                                                           First Lady of Guatemala                 GRACA MACHEL                             VIVIANE WADE
                                                                                                                                                                                        RUTH CORREA LEITE CARDOSO,                 Former First Lady of                   First Lady of Senegal
                                                                                                                                                                                                    PH.D.                     Mozambique/Mrs. Nelson Mandela              ABBAS I. YOUSEF
                                                                                                                                                                                            Former First Lady of Brazil                                                 ASI Agricultural Services &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NELSON MANDELA                             Investments
                                                                                                                                                                                           LORENA CLARE FACIO DE               Former President of South Africa
                                                                                                                                                                                           RODRIGUEZ ECHEVERRIA
                                                                                                                                                                                          Former First Lady of Costa Rica             ED MCMAHON                        HONORARY MEMBERS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Radio & Television Personality
                                                                                                                                                                                             JOEL EHRENKRANZ                                                                  JOE BACA
                                                                                                                                                                                          Ehrenkranz & Ehrenkranz, New                ANNA MKAPA                      Former U.S. Representative, D-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      York                      Former First Lady of Tanzania                   California
                                                                                                                                                                                        PROFESSOR SIR HARRY FANG,                    WAYNE NEWTON                          MAX CLELAND
                                                                                                                                                                                                    M.D.                          Entertainer, Las Vegas, NV         Former U.S. Senator, D-Georgia
                                                                                                                                                                                        Chairman, Council for Physically &           SAMUEL NUJOMA
                                                                                                                                                                                               Mentally Disabled,                                                          ANNA G. ESHOO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     President of Namibia            U.S. Representative, D-California
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hong Kong
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DEAN ORNISH, M.D.                    DIANNE FEINSTEIN
                                                                                                                                                                                           MARY FLAKE DE FLORES                 President & Director, Preventive
                                                                                                                                                                                          Former First Lady of Honduras                                                 U.S. Senator, D-California
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Medicine Research Institute,
                                                                                                                                                                                           LOURDES RODRIGUEZ DE                             UCSF                          WILLIAM H. FRIST
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Former U.S. Senator, R-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    FLORES                           JACK PALLADINO                           Tennessee
                                                                                                                                                                                          Former First Lady of El Salvador       Palladino & Sutherland, San
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Francisco                      BENJAMIN A. GILMAN
                                                                                                                                                                                                 WHITEY FORD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     U.S. Representative, R-New York
                                                                                                                                                                                               Baseball Hall of Fame                 ARNOLD PALMER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Professional Golfer/Business               DANIEL INOUYE
                                                                                                                                                                                            MARTHA SAHAGUN FOX
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Executive                       U.S. Senator, D-Hawaii
                                                                                                                                                                                            Former First Lady of Mexico
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     DENG PUFENG                           KEN LANCASTER
                                                                                                                                                                                              IMANTS FREIBERGS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chairman, China Disabled            State Representative, R-Alaska
                                                                                                                                                                                             First Gentleman of Latvia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Persons’ Federation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         JAMES R. LANGEVIN
                                                                                                                                                                                         VALERY GISCARD D’ESTAING
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              VIRGINIA GILLUM DE QUIROGA              U.S. Representative, D-Rhode
                                                                                                                                                                                           Former President of France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Former First Lady of Bolivia                    Island
                                                                                                                                                                                             MIKHAIL GORBACHEV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PRINCE RAAD & PRINCESS                    STEVE LARGENT
                                                                                                                                                                                           Former President of the USSR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 MAJDA RAAD OF JORDAN                 Former U.S. Representative, R-
                                                                                                                                                                                           XIMENA BOHÓRQUEZ DE                                                                 Oklahoma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GENERAL JOSEPH W. RALSTON
                                                                                                                                                                                               GUTIERREZ, M.D.                                                              NANCY PELOSI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 United States Air Force-Ret.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Former First Lady of Ecuador                                              U.S. Representative, D-California
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       FIDEL RAMOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                  DOUG HEIR                                                                 TED STEVENS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Former President of the
                                                                                                                                                                                          President of the National Spinal                                                U.S. Senator, R-Alaska
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Philippines
                                                                                                                                                                                              Cord Injury Association
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CATHERINE B. REYNOLDS                     ELLEN TAUSCHER
                                                                                                                                                                                             KENNETH HOFMANN                                                         U.S. Representative, D-California
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    American Academy of
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Philanthropist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Achievement/CEO of Educap Inc.              TOM TORLAKSON
                                                                                                                                                                                              PATRICK MADDEN                                                            State Senator, D-California
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      STEFANO RICCI
                                                                                                                                                                                          Executive Director, Sister Cities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Clothing Designer
                                                                                                                                                                                                   International
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ANNA ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
                                                                                                                                                                                                  JACK KEMP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Co-Chair - Franklin & Eleanor
                                                                                                                                                                                           Former U.S. Representative &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Roosevelt Institute, New York
                                                                                                                                                                                             Secretary of Housing and
                                                                                                                                                                                               Urban Development                 ANA PAULA DOS SANTOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Former First Lady of Angola



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    circling the globe with hope

                                                ANGOLA                CAMBODIA




                                   MEXICO




                                                VIETNAM                JAMAICA




                                   PAKISTAN   BELIZE




                                   UGANDA     MALAWI               HONDURAS

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                                                                      THE WORLD




                                                                               one wheelchair at a time
           VIETNAM                   TIBET        SOUTH AFRICA




    COLOMBIA               DOMINICAN REPUBLIC




     PANAMA                     UKRAINE                JORDAN




               MEXICO                           PERU

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                                       ANGEL PROGRAM

    The Wheelchair Angel Program                                                 Wheelchair Foundation
    Circling the Globe, One Wheelchair at a Time
       The Wheelchair Foundation is proud to announce the brand new
    Wheelchair Angel Program. The Wheelchair Angel Program is a
    referral program that allows you to share the joy of giving with your
    friends and family by encouraging them to give the gift of hope and
    mobility to people in need around the world.

                                                                                                       Angel
       The program also provides 30 special donors with the unique
    opportunity to volunteer on a scheduled wheelchair distribution trip
    to China or Latin America in 2008! These donors will be invited to
    accompany Mr. Kenneth E. Behring, Chairman of the Board and                When we have received ten referral donations with your member
    founder of the Wheelchair Foundation, aboard his private MD87 jet.      number, you will receive our official Wheelchair Angel crystal cube.
       On the trip, donors will carry out the mission of the Wheelchair        Each month, the Wheelchair Angel with the most referral dona-
    Foundation by distributing wheelchairs and visiting the communi-        tions will be recognized as “Wheelchair Angel of the Month” on
    ties that the Wheelchair Foundation helps. The trip includes hotel      the Wheelchair Foundation website!
    accommodations, sightseeing and the opportunity to changes lives
    by delivering wheelchairs!                                              How do I get invited to volunteer on the trip?

    How do I become a Wheelchair Angel?                                       The Wheelchair Angel with the most referrals at the end of the
                                                                            Wheelchair Angel Program year (ending April 2008) will receive
    Do the following:                                                       special recognition as “Wheelchair Angel of the Year”. This

       1. Make a donation of $75 (or more) using the enclosed enve-          A message relayed from our more than
          lope or online at www.wheelchairfoundation.org. Be sure to         half-million wheelchair recipients: “Thank
          check the box to indicate you want to sign up for the program.
       2. We’ll mail (and email) you a Wheelchair Angel Member Card          you. Thank you for giving. Thank you for
          with your official Wheelchair Angel Member Number.                 making the effort to help us. Thank you
       3. Get three other people to donate $75 (or more) each and ref-
          erence your Angel Member Number.                                   for not forgetting about us when everyone
                                                                             else has.”
    It's that easy! When we receive your third referral donation, you
    will become an official Wheelchair Angel and receive your               person will be invited to volunteer on a scheduled wheelchair distri-
    Wheelchair Angel Wings lapel pin!                                       bution trip of their choice in either China or Latin America!
                                                                               The Top 30 Wheelchair Angels, with the greatest number of refer-
    How do I get credit for my referrals?                                   rals by April 30th, 2008, will be recognized as “Guardian Angels”
                                                                            and will be invited to volunteer on a wheelchair distribution trip in
      When you make your first donation of $75 to join the program,         mid-2008! You must have 50 or more referral donations to qualify
    you will be given a membership number. Share your member num-           for “Guardian Angel” status and become eligible for an invitation to
    ber with your friends and family. YOUR REFERRALS MUST                   attend the official distributions.
    REFERENCE YOUR MEMBER NUMBER WHEN MAKING                                   For complete details, please visit our website at www.wheelchair-
    THEIR DONATIONS IN ORDER FOR YOU TO GET CREDIT.                         foundation.org or call toll free 1-877-378-3839. Thank you for your
                                                                            continued support in helping people in need of mobility!
    How will Wheelchair Angels receive recognition?

      Once we receive three donations referencing your member num-
    ber, you will receive a special Wheelchair Angel lapel pin so that
    others know you are a TRUE WHEELCHAIR ANGEL.

     “This has been one of the most inspira-
     tional experiences of my life and I wish
     everyone who helped sponsor these wheel-
     chairs could experience this feeling.”
                                    -Gary Nelson
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                                                                                                          ANGEL PROGRAM

Why is it called the Wheelchair Angel Program?
Lifting a person into a wheelchair is a special experience that few people have the opportunity to enjoy. Many times, wheelchair recipients
express their gratitude by relating the donor to an angel sent from heaven. Wheelchair recipients also feel new-found freedom and inde-
pendence upon receiving mobility, and often express the feeling of having wings or the ability to fly. The following quotations capture the
magnitude of these emotional experiences:

“Sitting on the wheelchair and driving its wheels, I seem to grow a pair of wings.”
                                                                                     – Letter from a wheelchair recipient in China
When the recipients were lifted into their new wheelchairs, one man started raising his arms and
shouting in thanks. All of the other recipients quickly joined him. When we asked what they were
saying, we were told that they were shouting, “Now we can fly.”
                                                                                               – Wheelchair recipient in Tanzania
“You are sent from heaven. God is looking out for me.”
       – Elderly disabled woman who finally received an answer after 30 years of daily prayer for mobility
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                                  Wheelchair Angel Program Donation Form
You can become a Wheelchair Angel by making a donation of $75 (or more) and then by getting three other people to donate $75 each and
reference your Member Number. To join by mail, please complete the following form and be sure to provide your name and a valid email
address. To join by phone, call toll free (877) 378-3839. You can also join the Wheelchair Angel Program online and learn more about
the program on our website at www.wheelchairfoundation.org.

   YES, I am interested in joining the Wheelchair Angel Program!                            Referring Member # ______________________

Donation Amount:         $75       $150         Other $_____________________________________________________
                         $21,000 (delivers a 280-wheelchair container to an approved developing country of your choice)

Donor’s Name ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
Address ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
City ______________________________________ State/Province _______________________ Zip/Postal Code ____________________
Email Address ________________________________________________________ Phone _____________________________________
    In Honor of        In Memory of _________________________________________________________________________________
Send Certificate of Thanks to _______________________________________________________________________________________
Address ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
City ______________________________________ State/Province _______________________ Zip/Postal Code ____________________
Credit Card:     Visa       MasterCard      American Express     Discover
Card Number _________________________________________________________ Exp. Date __________________________________
Name as it appears on Card ______________________________________________ Signature __________________________________

Please visit our website for more details about the Wheelchair Angel Program. Please provide a valid email address.

Credit card form can be mailed to address above or faxed to: (925) 736-0309

PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO:                       Wheelchair Foundation                      Wheelchair Foundation
Mail to:                                             Wheelchair Foundation
                                                     P.O. Box 2545
                                                     Danville, CA 94526 USA

Questions? Call toll free (877) 378-3839 or email us at info@wheelchairfoundation.org.                        Angel
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                                                                “It is one thing to ask for help, but
                                                                when someone comes to you on
                                                                their own and gives you something
                                                                without asking for anything in
                                                                return, this is a sign of true friend-
                                                                ship for the people of South
                                                                Africa.”
                                                                                   - Nelson Mandela

                                                                “Our wheelchairs are a gift of
                                                                peace, a gift of love and good
                                                                intention from tens of thousands of
                                                                people who are willing to reach
                                                                out and help others.”
                                                                                      - Ken Behring



EACH $75 DONATION WILL BE COMBINED WITH FUNDS PROVIDED
SPECIFICALLY FOR THAT PURPOSE TO DELIVER A WHEELCHAIR AND
GREATLY IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR A CHILD, TEEN OR
ADULT WITHOUT MOBILITY. YOU WILL RECEIVE A BEAUTIFUL CERTIFI-
CATE OF THANKS WITH A PICTURE OF A WHEELCHAIR RECIPIENT IN
YOUR NAME OR DEDICATED TO YOUR LOVED ONE. YOU WILL ALSO
RECEIVE A FREE COPY OF ROAD TO PURPOSE.         DONATE TWO
WHEELCHAIRS AND RECEIVE A SIGNED COPY.

                                                                     Sample Presentation Folder


                                   CALL US NOW AT (877) 378-3839
                       OR DONATE ONLINE AT WWW.WHEELCHAIRFOUNDATION.ORG


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                                                                                                   U.S. POSTAGE
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    Danville, CA 94506-4652 USA

				
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