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Last Updated: 2/15/01

WOW History

Marilyn Hamilton has received many honors, accomplishing more in her lifetime than many of her able-bodied counterparts.  She is the founder of the Quickie Wheelchair company (bought out by Sunrise Medical), that has revolutionized the wheelchair industry over the last twenty years.  Her story has been featured in three books and countless magazine articles.  She has won two silver medals in the Paralympic Ski Championships and has twice won the US Women’s Open Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.  

However, perhaps her greatest accomplishment came when she founded Winners On Wheels in Fresno, California in 1991.  After an accident that left her without the use of her legs, Marilyn wanted to start a program that would help local youth in wheelchairs overcome the negative feelings and challenging situations as a result of life in a wheelchair. 

In nine short years, her vision and the need for our program has enabled WOW to become a national network of programs currently reaching children in wheelchairs in thirty-six communities and twenty-two states across the nation.

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