Musicians for Mobility: Douglas County nonprofit helps community - one scooter at a time

Greg Kobbeman has struggled to get around all of his life. Musicians for Mobility is helping him, April 6, 2018. (SBG)

SUTHERLIN, Ore. -- An organization in Douglas County has been helping people with mobility needs for almost a decade.

Greg Kobbeman has struggled to get around all of his life. He was almost paralyzed at a young age and has faced many closed doors ever since.

But Musicians for Mobility is swinging them open with a new scooter.

"My first reaction was tears,” said Kobbeman, “because I've been denied so many times and I've fallen through the cracks."

Musicians for Mobility is a non-profit that helps people with any mobility-related need.

"We've bought wheelchairs; we've put up wheelchair ramps; we've bought gas cards for children that were having surgery in Portland,” said Musicians for Mobility president Julie Hammond. “We bought a seizure dog for a little girl that was very mobile, but needed some guidance."

And the organization hopes to help more people, because the scooter that Greg needed had been sitting in storage for years.

"It makes me sad that he's been in need for at least two years and we've had it for over two years,” Hammond said, “so it breaks my heart that he's been struggling and in pain."

As for Greg's old scooter, he's passing it along to a neighbor who also has mobility issues.

“Having somebody here that lives close to me to see her get out…now maybe we can get out together," Greg said.

Musicians for Mobility started eight years ago in Douglas County when a local band saw a need in the community.

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

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