In Partnership with the Permobil Foundation, Team Gleason will continue to help more individuals living with ALS stay more independent.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – (March 8, 2022) – Team Gleason and the Permobil Foundation continue to share a passion for improving the quality of life for people with ALS. Team Gleason is proud to announce that they have partnered with the Permobil Foundation for the fifth year in a row to provide seat elevators to individuals living with ALS. The seat elevator provides individuals the opportunity to adjust the height of the wheelchair seat, providing easier and safer transfers, increased access to the environment, and improved social engagement. The partnership includes donated seat elevators on new chair orders that will benefit 700 people living with ALS.
“Our goal is to ensure that every person has the right to mobility, and through impactful partnerships with nonprofits, such as Team Gleason, and assisting individuals who are denied by insurance, we can better fulfill a life of independence for our customers needing assistance with complex rehab technologies. Additionally, for ALS, we take this a step further by fast tracking orders through production to ensure each ALS patient gets the chair they need in a timely manner,” said Ashley Davis, Executive Director of the Permobil Foundation.
“Seat elevation adds a layer of normalcy that every person with ALS needs and deserves. While the seat elevator is often described as an integral part of the wheelchair, Medicare and most other insurance companies currently do not cover this feature that provides added comfort and greater independence,” said Blair Casey, Team Gleason’s Executive Director. “Our continued partnership with the Permobil Foundation allows for more people with ALS to have the ability to interact with their environment and decrease caregiver burden,” he added. “This generous gift from the Permobil Foundation allows us to make a much greater impact.”
In addition to providing the wheelchair seat elevators, the Permobil Foundation will also sponsor a Team Gleason Adventure. “These Adventures empower persons living with ALS while creating life-changing memories for their families. Additionally, these experiences create an enhanced level of public awareness by educating others and telling the story of resiliency. Living with ALS can be isolating, but adding a seat elevator impacts the quality of life of ALS families. “My Permobil Chair with the seat elevator is amazing to use. I have felt the joy of independence and the empowerment that it brings for the first time since my recent diagnosis,” said Karen Stiles. “I was overcome with emotion as I didn’t realize how much I had missed eye level contact. This part of communication is so important to feelings of inclusiveness. I am so grateful to Team Gleason for helping with a grant that made all this possible!”
About Team Gleason:
Team Gleason Foundation was founded by former New Orleans Saints player, Steve Gleason, after his diagnosis with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 2011. Team Gleason’s mission is to improve life for people living with ALS
by delivering innovative technology and equipment, as well as providing and empowering an improved life
experience. For more information on how to help people living with ALS have the resources and the opportunities to
not only continue living, but continue living productive, purposeful, and meaningful lives, please visit www.TeamGleason.org.
About The Permobil Foundation:
As the philanthropic arm of Permobil, the Permobil Foundation believes that regardless of disability, everyone
deserves a chance to reach their dreams without limitations. This is the heart of why Permobil Cares. Dedicated to
enhancing the quality of life by empowering strength and independence through community support, employee
engagement and working in partnership with non-profit organizations and agencies to provide support and services
so individuals can live a life without limitations. For more information visit www.PermobilFoundation.org.
Permobil is a leading global company of advanced rehab technology, with a strong focus on improving the daily lives
of people with disabilities. Permobil’s products include power wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs and seating solutions.
Founded in Sweden, Permobil’s North American headquarters is located in Lebanon, TN. www.Permobil.com