August 28, 2012

Falling Into Place - Patricia Lay-Dorsey

Why do we love our job so much? It's hard not to when your customers send you books dedicated to your product and company! Photographer and Amigo owner Patricia Lay-Dorsey (pictured below) sent us a book of self portraits, called Falling Into Place, with the following dedication:

"I dedicate this book to my scooter and the people who made it. They call their company Amigo and I call my scooter my best friend."

Your book is wonderful Patricia, and we are so happy that your Amigo has helped you continue to pursue your dreams!

August 27, 2012

Counting Down to the Paralympics!

Are you as excited as we are to follow the London Paralympic Games this week? 

Turn up your volume and click the link below to "Meet the Superhumans" and catch a glimpse of the inspiring athletes who will compete in the 2012 Games! Visit the official Paralympics website to see the schedule for your favorite sport and learn more about the athletes. The opening ceremony for the Games will take place Wednesday, August 29 at 4pm EST. 

Though the Games will not be fully aired on television, the U.S. Olympic Committee is working to increase Paralympic coverage both on TV and online. Click here to learn how you can tune in and follow your favorite athletes. 

Did you miss this month's issue of our Friendly Wheels e-newsletter? Click here to read our feature article about Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long!

August 21, 2012

STAY on the go!

Amigo account representative Trisha recently gained some unexpected experience test driving Amigos! 

Since breaking her foot while camping with her family, Trisha has been zooming around the office on an Amigo, and it has helped her stay as busy as ever! We are so happy to be able to keep Trisha in the office and on the go as she recovers from her injury.

Do you know someone who could benefit from an Amigo rental? Amigo has mobility equipment rentals available for long and short term use. To inquire about rental opportunities, call 1.800.MY.AMIGO or visit

We wish you a speedy recovery Trisha!

August 16, 2012

Stop Medicare Waste - Isobel Kramen

"I have been an Amigo owner since 1975, and I am currently using my seventh Amigo. All of my Amigo purchases have been self paid, and I have not utilized Medicare. I was pushed into using a power wheelchair before, and it was a horrible experience. I am used to the seat on the Amigo, and I really felt I was enclosed in that power wheelchair. I couldn't control it the way I could the Amigo. 

Not being able to walk, that machine really does give me freedom. The other day I went to the bank, to the grocery store, to buy lottery tickets and to the post office. I am able to do all those things within a mile of my house — I was out of the house all day! I wouldn't be able to do those things without my Amigo. 

Mr. Thieme created the Amigo based on the needs of a family member, not for financial gain, and it shows. He has proved himself to me many times. If there is anything I can do to help your situation with Medicare, I am up for it."

Isobel Kramen
Wilmington, Delaware
August 16, 2012

August 13, 2012

A-M-I-G-O Interns!

We will miss our summer interns as they leave us to return to school for the fall semester!

We hope you enjoyed your summer with us -- have a great school year, and stop in to see us anytime!

Amigo summer interns Nate, Ben, Mary, Adam and John showing their Amigo pride!

August 10, 2012

Good Luck Oscar!

Amigo Mobility would like to send out well wishes to Oscar Pistorious, who will be running in the 4x400 meter relay Olympic finals tonight as part of team South Africa! 

Born with fibular hemimelia (same as Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long!), Oscar had a double below-the-knee amputation at 11 months old. He now wears prosthetics designed for running when he competes. 

While Oscar participated in the 2004 and 2008 Paralympic Games, his attempts to join the South African Olympic team had been unsuccessful until this year. 

Despite controversy surrounding his prosthetics, Oscar successfully qualified for the 2012 South African Olympic team and became the first amputee runner to compete at the Olympic Games on August 4, 2012.    

Congratulations on this accomplishment Oscar, and good luck tonight!

August 8, 2012

Representative Stacy Erwin Oakes Visits Amigo

State Representative Stacy Erwin Oakes visited Amigo on July 30 to tour our manufacturing plant. She shared her enthusiasm for Michigan manufacturing and for Amigo Mobility's honor as the 2012 Michigan Manufacturer of the Year award. Representative Erwin Oakes even presented Al and Beth Thieme with a congratulatory certificate in recognition of the award.

Thank you Rep. Erwin Oakes for taking the time to visit Amigo, we appreciate your support!

Al Thieme, Beth Thieme, Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes, 
Jen Thieme Kehres and Jordan Thieme

August 5, 2012

Famous Amigo Owner - Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was a comedian, writer, actor and MC with career peaks in the 1970s.

Pryor worked as a writer in the 1970s for popular television shows including Sanford and Son, The Flip Wilson Show and a Lily Tomlin special. He has also appeared in many popular films, including Blazing Saddles, which he also co-wrote.

Pryor began using an Amigo power-operated vehicle in the early 1990s after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1986.

He is considered one of the most influential and controversial stand-up comedians of his time, pioneering edgy material that still influences comedians today.

August 2, 2012

Vintage Friendly Wheels: Jana Herron

The 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games reminded us of a vintage issue Friendly Wheels! 

Amigo owner Jana Herron appeared on the cover of our summer 1994 issue of Friendly Wheels sporting spirited American flag attire! At the time, Jana was studying at Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Michigan and participating in swimming competitions with the hopes of competing in the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta. 

Jana's right leg was amputated when she was just a baby due to a blood clot that formed when she was two days old.

Despite this challenge, Jana remained active not only with swimming, but also with jazz dancing, gymnastics, ballet, skiing, biking and showing championship pigs through her local 4-H. 

We tried contacting Jana to catch up and see what she's up to these days, but we were unable to reach her. If you know Jana, please email us at -- we'd love to talk to her!
Were you featured in a vintage Friendly Wheels article? We'd love to hear from you and catch up! Contact us at

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