It was no
ordinary day when Karen Ellenbecker, founder of Ellenbecker
Investment Group, met Andy Meier on the golf course. Meier, who
is unable to use his legs, was golfing with the assistance of a
Paramobile, a device that looks like a golf cart but is equipped
with a lift that helps him stand up.
Ellenbecker how the device changed his life, how he felt when he
could once again stand up, look in his wifeís eyes and give
her a kiss. Ellenbecker was so moved, she contacted Anthony
Netto, founder of Stand Up and Play, a national nonprofit that
raises funds to provide Paramobiles to people with disabilities
who use the devices not only to golf, but to fish, hunt and
participate in other leisure activities.
recently established a Wisconsin Chapter of Stand Up and Play.
The Ellenbecker Investment Group Charitable Foundation has
already donated $22,000 to purchase the first Paramobile for the
Wisconsin Chapter. Two more devices are on order.
Stroud, the Wisconsin Chapterís executive director, says he
believes the local Stand Up and Play is the first organization
to purchase Paramobiles for use by the public, not for one
specific person with a disability. The plan is to loan out the
devices, and provide a volunteer to assist the person who needs
the device to use it safely.
goal with the Paramobiles is to have a fleet that would be
donated by corporations and families," says Jeff
Ellenbecker, Karen Ellenbeckerís son and co-founder of
Wisconsinís Stand Up and Play.
Ellenbecker says he and Stroud recently gave a demonstration to
a woman who has had a disability for 20 years. When the woman
stood up for the first time with the assistance of a Paramobile,
he says, both she and her daughter were in tears.
why we do this," says Ellenbecker, who is a disabled vet.
"And as a veteran, it will be nice to give back to the
information about the Wisconsin Chapter of Stand Up and Play,
call (262) 695-8414.