Gary Kirkendall at the 2014 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Golden performances
at the National Veterans
Wheelchair Games

Photo at left: Gary Kirkendall lifts 245 lbs. to win gold in his division.

Keystone PVA's 17 wheelchair athletes brought back a total of 69 medals from the 34th annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Philadelphia during the week of 11 August. In the photo, Gary Kirkendall is one of five of our 17 athletes who won medals in weightlifting. A complete medal summary is in the September-October edition of the chapter's bi-monthly newsletter, the Parascope, which you can have mailed to you or you can download from this page.

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You helped Keystone PVA win this Toyota Sienna Mobility van!

And we have used that van to serve paralyzed veterans, including their visits to members of Congress in March. Your vote pushed us WAY over the top! It is so gratifying to know that paralyzed veterans have so many helpful friends.

2012 Toyota Sienna Mobilty van
And now, here's the Toyota Sienna Mobility van! It was presented at Rohrich Toyota in Pittsburgh on 05 February. Rorhich Toyota General Manager Mark Podrosky welcomed members of Keystone PVA. His staff and Don and Ed Shelpman of Keystone Coach Works, which modified the van with the power ramp and other wheelchair-friendly accessories, were there to show us all of the controls and how to use them.

We also thank Tori Mistick of Social Media Marketing, who helped promote the event, and took the photos shown here.

Inside the Toyota Sienna



In the photo left, Don Shelpman showed guests from Keystone chapter how the auxiliary power to the ramp works. On behalf of Keystone Coach Works, Don and his brother Ed presented a generous cash donation to Keystone Chapter, which will help defray additional costs of getting the transportation program up and running.

Persons interested in volunteering to drive should contact the office, 412-781-2474, and ask for Joe Dornbrock.

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DEADLINE for the next issue of The Parascope
The deadline for all submissions for the November-December 2014 issue of The Parascope is 15 October. Thanks to Bill and Jean Jakovac who tab and label the copies for mailing, to Jeanne Keenan, who maintains the mailing list and prints a fresh one prior to mailing, and to Diane Byrnes, who not only collects most of the routine reports and makes sure they are in electronically-editable condition, assembles the bulk mailing for the U.S. Postal Service--a complicated task!

Scroll down for the current and recent past electronic versions of The Parascope. The September-October edition is now available for viewing or as a download. In order to speed your download, we have created these files in medium resolution. If you would like a high-resolution copy, please call the office--412-781-2474. Spot an error? We would like to know if you do.

Recent Keystone PVA publications are now available online. If you currently receive The Parascope by USPS (regular delivered mail) and would like to receive it electronically instead, please send us an e-mail or phone the office, 800-775-9323.

If you have Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader on your computer, you will be able to view and print out publications such as our Annual Report and the bi-monthly newsletter, The Parascope.

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2013 Annual Report (File size: 1.29MB)

2012 Annual Report (File size: 1.52MB)

2011 Annual Report (File size: 1.48MB)

2010 Annual Report (File size: 1.39MB)

2009 Annual Report (File size: 1.17MB)

2008 Annual Report (File size: 1.02MB)

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September-October 2014 (File size: 4.68MB)
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November-December 2011 (File size: 2.77MB)
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If you would like us to send you a printed copy of those listed above, or if you would like a copy of an issue from past years, call us at 800-775-9323 or 412-781-2474. We'll mail one to you.

The Keystone Chapter of the PVA receives the overwhelming majority of its support from contributions made by the general public. It is with these contributions we are able to continue our support for spinal cord injury research, advocacy for adequate health care and accessibility, and programs for the physically challenged.

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