wheelchair hero Richard-St-DenisAccording to Richard St. Denis, an estimated 75,000 wheelchairs are thrown away in the U.S. every year. For people with disabilities in Mexico — who are often unable to leave their homes to get jobs or an education — wheelchairs in any condition can make a world of difference.

The award-winning wheelchair athlete started the World Access Project to provide life-changing mobility to people with disabilities in rural Mexico.

Richard knows firsthand the impact a disability can have on one’s life. Paralyzed from the waist down in a skiing accident and confined to a wheelchair, St. Denis didn’t allow his accident to cripple his spirit. Through his efforts, hundreds of people have received free mobility equipment and are now more active.

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