George McAleer

Since walking through its doors, the F.R.E.E. Foundation has greatly enhanced my life in two significant ways; 1) by providing me with the mobility equipment I need and, 2) by giving me the opportunity to serve others who are also in need in my community. An education in two renowned undergraduate and graduate schools did not deter me from dealing with a chronic disease and managing the subsequent unemployment that ensued.

In this capacity I was unable to obtain the medical equipment that I needed. However, receiving the appropriate mobility equipment from the F.R.E.E. Foundation gave me a surety of my body which I otherwise would not have had. F.R.E.E. was there to step in and help when my options were limited, and it is because of the equipment I received from the F.R.E.E. Foundation that I am able to navigate easier and more confidently in society.

Specifically I was referred to the F.R.E.E. Foundation years ago when I was in need of a 3-wheeled walker and a cane. Little did I know how much this relationship with F.R.E.E. would blossom over time! Having almost two decades of experience in the not-for-profit field and being both a recipient and user of medical mobility equipment, it was a natural fit for me to become a member of the F.R.E.E. Foundation Board of Directors.

I have been a part of the "F.R.E.E. Family" for six years now, and have enjoyed working hard to establish a presence in Virginia for those whose needs go beyond the limitations of personal bank accounts and insurance providers. Serving others who are like I was financially and like I am physically makes me feel that I'm not alone. The sense of solidarity is one of F.R.E.E.'s greatest attributes, as it offers the general community an option when all other doors seem closed.

George McAleer
Gift Recipient and Member, Board of Directors of F.R.E.E.