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Medtrade 2013: Wheel:Life Partners to Offer Programming for Consumers and Clinicians

July 15, 2013

ORLANDO, FL – To help promote consumer advocacy and patient choice,
Medtrade has partnered with the online community Wheel:Life to offer a
special program for consumers, caregivers, and clinicians in the Orlando
metro area. The Wheel:Life Community Expo and Welcome Reception will
take place on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm as part
of the 2013 Medtrade.

Community participants [consumers, caregivers & clinicians] will enjoy:
• a complimentary one-day Medtrade Expo Pass  valid for the full day event; and
• a consumer-focused educational program on locally-available products and health services;
• a meet-and-greet reception with complementary food, beverages, and fun!

“The
trade organizations do a great job of looking out for the interests of
the industry, and working closely with consumer organizations such as
Wheel-Life has never been more important,” said Kevin Gaffney,
group show director, Medtrade. “Legislators must realize that their
policies affect real people, many of whom are in vulnerable situations.
Organizations such as Wheel-Life do a great job of helping wheelchair
users find quality health and medical resources—many of which can be
found at Medtrade.”

“Wheel:Life exists to improve life and lifestyles for everyone who uses a wheelchair,” added Lisa Wells,
director of Wheel:Life. “We are honored to help introduce the fantastic
resources and programs available through Medtrade to the community that
we serve.”

During the Wheel:Life educational program, notable
disability advocates and wheelchair users will take the stage to answer
consumer and clinical questions through a moderated speaker panel.
Special guest speakers include:

Marc Buoniconti – If
courage is grace under fire, Marc Buoniconti ranks among the bravest men
you’ll ever know.  A 1985 spinal cord injury left him unable to move a
muscle below his neck. Yet, each day he moves people; moves them to
understand the tragedy of paralyzing SCI—and to join him in finding its
cure. 

The son of legendary All-Pro and Hall of Famer linebacker and former Miami Dolphin Nick Buoniconti serves as
president
for both The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and The Buoniconti Fund to
Cure Paralysis, The Miami Project’s fundraising arm.

Bert Burns
– Entreprenuer, Clinician, Paralympian, and ather of Twins—Bert Burns
had no idea that all of these roles awaited him when he became
quadriplegic as a result of an automobile accident during his youth.
Burns’ desire to make a positive difference in the lives of people with
disabilities led him to create a free motivational program for peer
support and rehabilitation groups called Life After Spinal Cord Injury
(LASCI).

LASCI is sponsored by UroMed, [http://www.uromed.com]
one of the largest urological supply companies in the country, and has
more than 16,000 members worldwide. Join our community of
differently-abled friends, as well as clinicians and caregivers in the
Orlando area, as Medtrade connects you with the Wheel:Life support
network. 

While the program is free for consumers and
clinicians, the Wheel:Life Community Reception is an invitation-only
private event. A limited number of sponsorships are available for this
special event that welcomes the Orlando disability community. Contact
Wheel:Life to get involved.  

Current sponsors include Hollister
Incorporated, UroMed, At-Home Medical, Guardian Help, Wheel:Life, and
several Orlando-based health care providers.

For Sponsorship Options, contact: Lisa Wells, Wheel:Life Director; (678) 232-1330; lisa@wheel-life.org;
www.wheel-life.org.