Kennedy Krieger Institute Announces Generous Donation from Wheelchair Foundation and Southwest Airlines

November 1, 2004
Kennedy Krieger Children and Staff to Thank Foundations with Halloween Party
WHEN: Thursday, October 28, 2004
11 a.m.
WHERE: Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 N. Broadway
WHAT: Kennedy Krieger Institute is the proud recipient of 10 wheelchairs donated by the Wheelchair Foundation and Southwest Airlines' Baltimore/Washington Employees. The children who are on the Inpatient Units, recovering from surgery or a brain injury, will use these wheelchairs. Until they can receive wheelchairs of their own, these patients will enjoy the mobility and freedom gained from the use of these wheelchairs. Southwest Airlines is charitably flying these wheelchairs to their new home at Kennedy Krieger.

Chris Lewis, Director of Development for the Wheelchair Foundation and son of entertainer/humanitarian Jerry Lewis, and the Baltimore/Washington Southwest Airlines' Employees will be presenting wheelchairs to the eagerly awaiting children.

After the official announcement of this donation, children and staff will hold a Halloween Party in honor of these special guests. Complete with a costume parade, Halloween games and treats, Kennedy Krieger's guests will enjoy a Halloween party with the children and staff of Kennedy Krieger.

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore serves more than 11,000 children each year through inpatient and day treatment programs, outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop and pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis.

The Wheelchair Foundation is a nonprofit organization leading an international effort to create awareness of the needs and abilities of people with physical disabilities, to promote the joy of giving, create global friendship, and to deliver a wheelchair to every child, teen and adult in the world who needs one, but cannot afford one. For these people, the Wheelchair Foundation delivers hope, mobility and freedom.

Southwest Airlines, with 2,800 flights a day, is the United States' only major short-haul, low-fare, high frequency, point-to-point carrier. Southwest Airlines is ranked the number one carrier serving the Baltimore/Washington International Airport in terms of passengers carried. Southwest currently serves 163 daily departures from the Baltimore/Washington International Airport operating from 21 gates to 35 non-stop cities. The Ground Operations Employees of Southwest Airlines are proud to support the communities of Baltimore and Washington, DC.

CONTACT: Allison Nadelhaft at 443-923-7335 or 410-336-0101.