Supporting Families in Many Helpful Ways

Friendly Wheels, Issue 123

August 2018

 

Amigo owners often share inspiring stories. From overcoming a mobility challenge to figuring out innovative ways to go to new places to helping people in their communities, the experiences they share never cease to amaze us.

In this edition of Friendly Wheels, we get to meet Shannon DeWall, JD, an attorney, wife, mother and community volunteer in metro Detroit. Learn more about her story below.

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Shannon DeWall is an estate planning attorney in metro Detroit. She became a lawyer when she realized she had a knack for helping people navigate through complex systems.

She has been an Amigo owner since she was a child in elementary school. Shannon’s first Amigo was a salvaged, yellow Classic FD model.

Shannon DeWall for web“My grandpa had picked it up from the side of the road. Someone was retiring it, and it was a skeleton,” Shannon recalls. “My grandpa repaired it; we used a milk crate for the seat! But it was wonderful. While my friends were riding bicycles, I was riding my Amigo.”

Shannon uses a mobility aid because her legs stop at the knee. Her Amigo made getting out of the house much easier.

These experiences led to Shannon beginning her professional career in healthcare. She was a genetic counselor for 17 years before pursuing another way to help people.

“Families taking care of their loved ones need help navigating through complex systems, whether in healthcare or with legal systems, and I realized I could do that,” Shannon says.

Shannon and her husband, Allen, were married in 2008—celebrating 10 years this year! They welcomed their first child, Noah, not long after. Noah was nine months old when Shannon was accepted into the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and began attending classes at the Auburn Hills campus while working full-time.

As she entered her second year of law school, the DeWall’s found out they were expecting their second baby, Elijah.

“It was a memorable, exciting and busy time. My husband was incredibly supportive,” Shannon adds.

Shannon received the highest grade in her class for Property Law, Estate Planning, and Michigan Legal Research. She graduated in the top 15 percent of her class.

What followed next was starting her own firm in Livonia, Michigan. The Law Office of Shannon DeWall, PLLC specializes in Wills, Trusts, and Special Needs Planning, and Elder Law.

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Her advice for people with mobility challenges who may want to get out and help others but worry about needing help themselves is that: “Everybody can help somebody. From a kind word to visiting someone, a little support can make a big impact.”

Currently Shannon is creating a network of volunteers to visit people living in adult foster care homes.

If you are interested in volunteering in western metro Detroit, or would like to share an experience with Amigo Friendly Wheels, please contact us! Email Sarah at marketing@myamigo.com.

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Supporting Families in Many Helpful Ways

Supporting Families in Many Helpful Ways

Friendly Wheels, Issue 123

August 2018

 

Amigo owners often share inspiring stories. From overcoming a mobility challenge to figuring out innovative ways to go to new places to helping people in their communities, the experiences they share never cease to amaze us.

In this edition of Friendly Wheels, we get to meet Shannon DeWall, JD, an attorney, wife, mother and community volunteer in metro Detroit. Learn more about her story below.

A Family's Story of Reclaiming Hope

A Family's Story of Reclaiming Hope

Friendly Wheels, Issue 122

July 2018

In a time of crisis, it may be reassuring to know that there is another family that's experienced a similar situation: the Shepherds. James Shepherd and his mother founded the Shepherd Center, a not-for-profit hospital located in Atlanta, Georgia specializing spinal cord injury rehabilitation, in 1975 in response to an accident James endured as a young man. Learn more about his family's inspiring story.

This Amigo Owner Adds a Little Magic

This Amigo Owner Adds a Little Magic

Friendly Wheels, Issue 121

June 2018

Carrie Rostollan, a longtime member of the Amigo family, recently visited our Bridgeport facility for the Amigo Mobility Center open house. She shared with us some of her upcoming summer plans and entertained us with her magic tricks! Discover more about Carrie's 'magical' adventures.

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