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Dr. Don Schoendorfer

President and Founder


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Background Information

Employment History

The Fieldstone Foundation

Reader's Digest

Research and Development Departments

Haemonetics Corporation

Research and Development Departments

Baxter Healthcare


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Free Wheelchair Mission

Board Member
International Society of Wheelchair Providers

Costa Mesa


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 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.

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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.

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Conference calls and webcasts with Founder and President Don Schoendorfer, highlighting operations and progress toward strategic goals

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Don Schoendorfer

Our Founder - Free Wheelchair Mission [cached]

Dr. Don Schoendorfer, the founder of Free Wheelchair Mission, is a testament to what is possible with a background in biomedical engineering and a calling for change. While vacationing in Morocco, Don and his wife witnessed the plight of a woman with disabilities, struggling to drag herself across a dirt road. Ignored by the surrounding crowd and barely evading traffic, the woman's hardship was a scene that Don and Laurie would never forget upon their return to life in southern California. Following the transformative experience, Don turned his God-given talents to solving the problem of immobility in developing nations.  His hands-on, inventive approach guided him in designing a low-cost, high-durability and functional wheelchair.

Don attended Columbia University as an undergraduate and earned a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Professionally, Don oversaw R&D departments in numerous biomedical companies including Haemonetics and Baxter Healthcare. He holds more than 60 U.S. Patents in the field of medical technology and is considered a pioneer in practical transdermal diagnostics as well as blood cell separation technology.
Today Don continues to engage his passion for innovation and progress and his dedication to the mission is unwavering, as he constantly develops new products and ideas that bring mobility to people in developing countries across the globe.

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