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Return Home returns the favor

John GardnerPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent
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SILT, Colorado – One year after Daniel Ferry and his wife Becky began collecting medical equipment for redistribution to those in need, Daniel is very excited with the organization’s success.”I really don’t know how to thank the community for all the contributions of equipment, other than letting them know that they were part of something that’s become much bigger than anything I ever thought it was going to be,” Daniel said. “It’s truly beyond the scope of anything I thought it would be a year ago.”Return Home is a non-profit organization that collects and redistributes durable medical equipment to those in need.The Ferrys began Return Home after an eight-week hospital stay in 2007 left Daniel in need of a wheelchair. Instead of buying a new one, they hooked up with a church-based program in Grand Junction that provides used equipment to those who need it, but cannot afford new equipment.Now, with the help of the Denver-based nonprofit Project Commission on Urgent Relief & Equipment (C.U.R.E.), “It’s global,” Daniel said. “Now we are shipping to over 120 countries.”Project C.U.R.E. has donated medical supplies and equipment to over 120 countries since its inception in 1987, according to the organization’s website, http://www.projectcure.org.Project C.U.R.E provided a way for the Ferrys to get equipment to Haiti after the devastating 7.0 earthquake left much of the island country in ruin in early January.”I was going to pick up a wheelchair at the Senior Center in Aspen and was listening to the radio the day after the earthquake,” Daniel said. “I heard the need for equipment and said to myself, ‘we have all these things that those people in Haiti need.'”It was the reason the Ferrys began Return Home, so Daniel decided to reach out to the community for help.He was able to ship to Haiti -through Project C.U.R.E. – 40 pairs of crutches, 37 walkers, six wheelchairs, more than a dozen air casts, and other assorted items within weeks of the quake.A few days later, the Ferrys shipped a number of additional walkers and crutches, specifically for kids, to Haiti, as well.Daniel did not know for sure if the equipment would make it to Haiti or not, but he assumed that it might. Or, it could possibly end up in Chile, where an 8.8 earthquake caused massive destruction in the South American country at the end of February.”Wherever the need is,” he said. “I imagine that will be a part of the decision with Project C.U.R.E.”On Wednesday, Daniel received five more wheelchairs from Fred Mauney, who had collected the chairs from area residents.”It was the first time I’ve ever met him,” Daniel said. “I don’t know what his story is other than he gathers these chairs and tries to get them back into the community.”Daniel was quick to thank the residents throughout Garfield County and the Roaring Fork Valley for their generosity in donating equipment that can prove useful to others.”Without them, the people in the communities, none of this happens,” he said. “They are such a big part of this.”jgardner@postindependent.com


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