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Organization builds wheelchairs for people in poorer countries

I normally never read my college’s alumni magazine (University of Missouri-Columbia’s Mizzou Magazine), but the latest issue happened to arrive just as I was heading to the airport so I had some time to kill. As most alumni magazines do, it mainly features accomplishments of the university’s alumni. What I didn’t expect is that it actually had interesting content.

This issue happened to have a medical focus that featured several pretty cool medical advancements.

One of the articles was about a Missouri School of Journalism student, Alex Rozier, who submitted a story about a non-profit mobility device organization for a journalism contest, “Project: Report.” The Personal Energy Transportation (PET) Project, which started in Columbia, Mo. and is similar to Wheelchairs for Humanity, builds lever-powered mobility devices for people in poorer countries who don’t have access to wheelchairs. Many of the people who receive the devices have had to crawl to get from one place to another or were never able to leave their homes.

Alex’s video submission titled “The World Mobility Problem,” won the contest’s grand prize of $10,000 toward an international reporting project. Then last fall, Alex used half of the money to pay for distribution of PET devices to Guatemala. Alex along with two local TV anchors produced a series for the TV news station titled “The Culture that Crawls” with footage from the delivery of the devices in Guatemala. You can watch the six-part series at and don’t forget to let me know what you think. You can read the full article in Mizzou Magazine at


Danielle Boenisch
eMarketing Assistant
The ROHO Group

P.S. For full disclosure, I am alum of the Missouri School of Journalism, BA ’09. The issue also features some medical advancements including a new type of knee replacement made with living bone and cartilage that is grown in a laboratory.

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