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UPMC Rehabilitation Institute Hosts Wheelchair Wash and Tune-Up Event

WHAT: 2nd Annual Wheelchair Wash and Tune Up

WHO: Anyone regularly using a wheelchair is invited to the event sponsored by the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Peer Support Group. The group is headed by Bryan McCormick, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Lee Tempest, University of Pittsburgh Model Center for Spinal Cord Injury

WHEN: 4 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 7

WHERE: UPMC Mercy, Stevenson Street parking lot, west side of UPMC Mercy


  • UPMC Mercy and Rehabilitation Institute staff and volunteers will wash and shine both manual and power wheelchairs, and local vendors will complete some minor repairs and chair evaluations. This free service and clean-up is designed to maintain safety and performance of the wheelchairs.
  • A recently published study by UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine on wheelchair breakdowns and health consequences found 52 percent of people with spinal cord injuries required wheelchair repairs in the preceding six months, many of them needing multiple service appointments.
  • The SCI Peer Support Group allows wheelchair-bound people to connect, share and rejuvenate.
    Media interested in covering this event should contact Chuck Finder at 412-996-5852 or

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