Matt’s Place “Journey Of A Million Smiles”

Posted by Pam Blanton on June 14, 2010
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Beginning in June of 2010, Matt Eddy will be attempting to set a new Guinness Book World Record “Trans USA by Wheelchair” while conducting the Million Smiles Tour. Matt has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and is only strong enough to move two fingers.  He is confined to a wheelchair and requires a ventilator to breathe.

Matt’s Place was started by Matt and his Respiratory Therapist Ron Steenbruggen to build accessible houses for people with severe disabilities so they can live independently in their communities.  Matt’s Place Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization which helps people with severe physical disabilities who are intellectually capable of directing their own care live independently in the community. Matt’s Place provides housing, caregiver training and scheduling and community education and awareness. Currently there are millions of non-elderly adults living in nursing homes and chronic care institutions simply because there is a severe shortage of affordable accessible housing. The programs of Matt’s Place are a win-win situation for all Americans. Enabling people with severe physical disabilities to live independently within their community not only provides a better quality of life for people with disabilities but also is more cost effective.

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