Fun Run = Mobility for Many
When high school student Kaitlyn Graff was given the opportunity to help an organization of her choice through her senior project, she knew immediately which organization that would be. She selected Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM), an international nonprofit dedicated to providing wheelchairs for individuals in developing countries, and organized a 5k fun run with the goal of raising enough money to donate 10 chairs. However, when the last runner crossed the finish line, Kaitlyn had collected enough in donations and entry fees to provide wheelchairs to 37 deserving people. That’s definitely a story of hard work and dedication yielding big rewards!
Kaitlyn is the daughter of Amway Independent Business Owners (IBOs) Scott and Janet Graff of Elmer, Louisiana. Her parents and grandparents, too, have a long history of leadership as Amway IBOs affiliated with Network 21 (N21). She learned about the work of FWM through Network of Caring, N21’s charitable organization, and knew every dollar raised would be well used to provide wheelchairs to deserving individuals.
The story of her work was carried in TheTownTalk.com in Alexandria, Louisiana where she was profiled by journalist Leigh Guidry. “The problem is [they] can’t walk,” Kaitlyn shared. “The solution: give them wheelchairs.” That’s where the idea of a 5K fun run came in.
“Her father [Scott] and I are extremely proud of the pretty monumental task she decided to take on,” her mother, Janet said for the story. “I’m very proud she chose something that would benefit so many others.”
Kaitlyn submitted her project as part of Amway’s We Day Challenge contest. On March 27, she joined 15,000 other young people in Seattle for the first We Day in the U.S., an event co-sponsored by Amway North America.
Amway, a strong believer in the responsibility of all of us to be good citizens in the communities where we live and work, awarded Kaitlyn and one of her parents an all-expenses paid trip to We Day in recognition of her exceptional community service.
To learn more about Free Wheelchair Mission, visit www.freewheelchairmission.org.