Improve Access to Wheelchair Repair Now
Wheelchair repair is essential to your mobility, your independence, your ability to contribute to, and participate in society.
However, your access to wheelchair repair services is being restricted by Medicare’s policies.
It is critical that you have access to a Medicare supplier with trained and experienced service technicians and the infrastructure and inventory to be able to repair the equipment you rely on.
The Greater Boston Chapter, NSCIA and the United Spinal Association encourage you to take the Medicare Beneficiary Wheelchair Repair Survey and make a difference.
April 21, 2014
Boston Marathon: 26.2 miles
Team GBC raising money to support SCI: Priceless!
This year the Boston Marathon will be a very emotional and historic event. The GBC is honored to have 5 runners who have offered to run in support of all those who are affected by a spinal cord injury. These runners are working hard to build their endurance and meet their fund raising goals. Please support them, and the GBC, by making a donation today.
To Make a Donation for a Boston Marathon Runner, click on their name below.
You also have the option of splitting your donation equally among the runners.
An acknowledgement letter will be sent to you.
GBC is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. If your employer
matching gift program, you can double your donation!
Totals Updated as of 05/08/2014
Greater Boston Chapter, NSCIA
B2B Durable Medical Equipment Grant
The B2B DME Grant Program assists persons who are paraplegics or quadriplegics, paralyzed
due to a spinal cord injury, to obtain necessary durable medical equipment or modifications to
existing equipment (such as a van). Applicant must demonstrate financial need, with
documentation in order to qualify. Grants are disbursed directly to suppliers of the desired
equipment or modifications. Individuals making the grant application are required to submit
estimates from potential suppliers. All sections of the application must be completed; incomplete
applications will not be considered.
1. Paralysis must be due to a spinal cord injury; paralysis due to other causes, such as MS or
spina bifida, are not eligible.
2. Grants are not currently available towards the purchase of new or used vehicles; funds are
available for modifications of new or used vehicles.
3. This grant is not for recreational equipment. If you are looking for recreational or athletic
adaptive equipment, you may wish to try the Kelly Brush Foundation or the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
For an application, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.
- Documented spinal cord injury
- Demonstrated financial need
- Applicant must reside in Massachusetts
- There is no age requirement
- Applicant must request specific durable medical equipment to apply for a grant;
requests for "anything you can give" will not be considered.
- Grants cannot exceed $2,500. There is an annual maximum disbursement amount.
- Examples of eligible items include: upgrade and maintenance of wheelchairs, vehicle
modifications (i.e., hand controls or lifts), small home modifications including ramp and
lift installation, computers, and other durable medical equipment.
Our 2014 Gala
On Saturday, March 22nd, the GBC celebrated its 22nd year at the RISE Above Paralysis Gala at the Hyatt Harborside Hotel. It was an exceptional evening, bringing together over 200 individuals with spinal cord injury, family members, healthcare professionals and corporate sponsors to celebrate the GBC's work over the last year.
We were honored to recognize Frank Reynolds, who has been a leader in the development on innovative therapies that may one day lead to a cure for SCI, Erik Kondo, who has paraplegia and has become a successful entrepreneur and is very active in a variety of adaptive sports, The Institute for Human Centered Design for their commitment to advancing the role of design for people of all ages and disabilities, and Sandy Stoller for volunteering for 10 years as webmaster.
The evening was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old and new friends, and included a silent auction and dancing. We are grateful for everyone's support and partnership in making this special evening possible.
An Inspiring Story of Giving
Please read the president's letter
and then click on the donations tab.
Starting on April 29th, our Spaulding office will be at the new Spaulding Building located at:
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
300 First Avenue
Charlestown, MA 02129
Larry Brennan, a Wakefield native, spoke to Pack 712's Bear Den about
different abilities. He did a wonderful job of explaining his accident, its
impact on his life and those around him, and how he has learned to do the
same things everyone else does, differently. Larry's talk completed the Cub
Scout's Disability Awareness Belt Loop requirements.
Pictured (left to
right): Ricky Nelson, Jack Dubow, Matthew Constas, Larry Brennan, Sean
DeCourcy and Jake Levine.
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