Readers of SaultOnline will recall that a story was featured regarding a Sault senior who had a walker ‘taken’ from Walmart Great Northern Road while she was shopping in early July.
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Edith Sachro accesses the motorized scooters available for shoppers when shopping at the Walmart location. She always left her custom-built walker near the customer service area while shopping – something she had done time and time again with no issues.
Edith Sachro is a Polio survivor. When she was a youngster – at age 3 years – she contracted Polio and consequently, spent much of her young life in and out of hospitals and medical treatment facilities. Edith wears a brace that runs the entire length of her right leg and up to her hip to aid her in mobility.
In the early afternoon, July 4th, 2017, Edith Sachro did her usual routine and when ready to exit Walmart, her walker had disappeared. The walker she used had wheels designed for ‘sturdiness’ to aid in balance and mobility – and had been fitted to her specific body type. It wasn’t something that was easily replaced with just any walker.
Her walker is a life-line to independence both inside and outside her home. Without her walker, Edith was left with significant challenges to move through her day in the same way she was used to doing.
Edith received an outpouring of support from the local community, including from members of the Sault Ste. Marie Professional Firefighters Association, concerned individuals, and business professionals who offered to aid in the purchase a new walker for her. One such offer was from a local business and expert in the field of assistive devices for mobility – Health Gear Medical & Safety Inc.
CEO – Jim Mills reached out to Edith’s niece, Charlotte Tullila and got moving – (or is that rollating) – on a surprise for Edith which culminated in a trip on Thursday morning (July 20th) to Health Gear Medical & Safety Inc., located on Queen Street East in the Sault’s downtown.
Jim Mills totally outfitted Edith with a brand new – and upgraded – walker, fit for her unique frame.
SaultOnline was there for the big reveal, and Edith was overwhelmed with the generous gift. Jim Mills said it was all about ‘paying it forward’, and that a lesson his father taught him, was that being a business owner means supporting local citizens whenever possible.
Charlotte Tullila expressed her desire to see people supporting the Sault’s local business owners, who really do come through as champions for citizens time and time again. “Shop local – is my mantra.” she said.
Part of the story also involved a ‘Crimestoppers’ segment, and after the airing of the crimestoppers video, the women who left Walmart with Edith’s walker returned it to the Sault Ste. Marie Police Services station on 2nd Line. The walker was returned on Wednesday, July 19th.
Well – that posed a dilemma for Edith this morning after receiving the brand new walker from Jim Mills. So, the two decided – Why not ‘pay-it-forward’ one more time. And that is exactly what happened. Edith donated her original walker to the Odd Fellows Lodge this morning. She left Health Gear with a beautiful new rollator.
Edith is hoping that from this story, Walmart will consider putting in some sort of safety area where walkers can be stored securely without fear of them leaving without the original owner.
Jim Mills – you are a true hero in the story. As are so many individuals and businesses who came forward via SaultOnline to get Edith moving again.
All is right with the world. Or at least – our little corner of it.