UC put on "Ballin' for Abilities" to raise funds for next student's chair
by John Bach
A second University of Cincinnati student is powering her way across UC's hilly campus in a brand new wheelchair thanks to Sara Spins, a nonprofit named for freshman Sara Whitestone.
Whitestone's friends helped her start Sara Spins in 2012 and fund the $12,000 power-assist chair she needed to maneuver her way to class. Once on campus, her story spread (thanks largely to this popular video), and Sara Spins quickly grew much bigger than its namesake.
Nobody can appreciate that fact more than Abbey Hunter, the interior design freshman in UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning who received the nonprofit's second power-assist chair Dec. 28, 2012.
"I don't know how to describe how I felt at the moment I found out Sara Spins had raised enough money to cover my chair," said Hunter. "So many people that I don't even know were willing to help me so that I could study at college with ease. I am ever so grateful."
Funding for the second chair was made possible in part by an October Ability Olympics event on campus sponsored by Sara Spins, Alpha Chi Rho and UC Disability Services.