Wheels in Motion: Wheeling Forward founders Alex Elegudin, Yannick Benjamin help the disabled

The organization’s co-founders became best friends after both

The organization’s co-founders became best friends after both were paralyzed in car accidents.

THE BRONX - A local nonprofit is helping people with disabilities who may not otherwise have the means to get the services they need. 

Wheeling Forward was founded by Alex Elegudin and Yannick Benjamin back in 2011. The two met by chance in 2003 after both were paralyzed in car accidents. They became best friends, helping each other through the toughest of days, and now they pay it forward. 

Their organization provides a number of services for the disabled. The men have given power chairs to people like Mary Ann Soto, a Bronx woman who had been stuck in limbo after her chair broke down. They’ve also helped other disabled people, like Michael Quinones, get back to school.  

Elegudin and Benjamin recently hosted their annual fundraiser "Wine on Wheels, which raised $75,000 this year. 

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