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Dr. Don Schoendorfer

President and Founder



Background Information

Employment History


Vice President Research and Development
Baxter Healthcare

consulting on tatoo patch?


Free Wheelchair Mission

Supreme Master


Columbia University

Harbor High School


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mechanical Engineering

bachelor's degrees

Baldwin Wallace College

bachelor's degrees

Columbia University

earned Ph.D.

undergraduate degree

Columbia University

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With one of the specialty made ...

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With one of the specialty made wheelchairs on display in front of him, Don Schoendorfer, President and Founder of Free Wheelchair Mission, talks to the kids of Daniel Webster Elementary School in Long Beach, who raised money to buy and send 66 wheelchairs to Haiti. (Steven Georges/Press-Telegram)

When Don Schoendorfer learned there were more than 100 million people in the world who needed wheelchairs, he was inspired to come up with a way to get them wheelchairs, so he founded the Mission.
After he gave away his first wheelchair, he decided to quit working a 9 to 5 job and work full-time at the Mission, which is headquartered in Irvine.
"Because of their disability, they are the poorest of the poor because they can't work and family members have to stay home to take care of them," Schoendorfer said.
In order to accomplish his goal, Schoendorfer had come up with a plan.
We are reminded that one person, Don, with a simple idea could help others make a difference that will change the lives of many."
In the last 10 years, the Mission has donated nearly a half a million chairs, and the generosity of the students, Schoendorfer said, will continue to help meet the goals of organizations like his.
"Your enthusiasm and your efforts to help us is just so impressive and so inspiring for us because it helps us move on with this," he told the kids.

Osteopathic Colleges

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Don Schoendorfer, Ph.D., president and founder of the Mission, was on hand.LECOM CARES raised over $25,000 during their fundraiser, enough for 619 of Dr. Schoendorfer's inexpensive wheelchairs.

Osteopathic Colleges

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Don Schoendorfer, Ph.D., president and founder of the Mission, was on hand.LECOM CARES raised over $25,000 during their fundraiser, enough for 619 of Dr. Schoendorfer's inexpensive wheelchairs.

Terry Farish | Author » Blog Archive » Wings for a Flower author interview

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I heard the story of Lotus Blossom directly from the founder of the Free Wheelchair Mission, Don Schoendorfer. Don and his wife Laurie are long-time personal friends of my husband and mine. Don had a career in medical products before deciding about 12 years ago that it was time to address a problem that had troubled him for decades: disabled people crawling on the ground in developing countries. In the late 1970's Don and his wife had traveled to Morocco where they saw a woman on a city street begging. She was on the ground because she couldn't walk and she was very poor. They looked around for a hint about what to do: should they try to help her? No one else was doing anything, so they continued on their way, but the troubling image stayed with Don. Decades later, in 2002 he set out to design a very low-cost wheelchair that would be appropriate for the terrain of developing countries and could be given away - free to the recipient. When Don had 4 prototype chairs ready to go, handmade in his garage of a resin lawn chair, mountain bike tires, a sturdy metal frame and some front casters, he invited himself and his chairs to join a medical mission trip to India. Lotus Blossom received one of those chairs. In 2005 Don told me about Lotus. It was a story filled with much emotion: the helplessness of her family when she became ill, the isolation her disability brought, the joy Lotus felt when she got her wheelchair, and her hope and determination.

Barefoot Rick's Free Wheelchair Mission Donation Drive

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NEARLY 30 YEARS AGO, the sight of a crippled Moroccan woman crawling across a dirt road planted a seed that germinated in 1999 when Don Schoendorfer, founder of Free Wheelchair Mission, invested his education and professional expertise as a PhD Mechanical Engineer to create a simple, rugged, and inexpensive wheelchair. The mental picture of the crawling woman's anguish and loss of dignity had haunted him for years until God opened a path for Dr. Schoendorfer.

FWCM believes that when Jesus Christ lived in this world, He had special love for the sick and crippled.

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