Portland, Ore. – August 16, 2006 – Freightliner LLC is partnering with the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation to ensure that all Oregonians have access to preventative medical care. The company has donated a new Freightliner Business Class® M2 medium-duty truck to the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, which operates two mobile health screening units that travel across the state providing free health screenings to local communities and schools. As a result of Freightliner’s donation, Lions Clubs will be able to serve an additional 10,000 Oregonians a year.
“In Oregon, 591,000 residents are without health insurance and others live in rural areas where health care is not easily accessible,” said Amber Kern, executive director of the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation. “The mobile health screening units provide critical services to the people who need it most.”
In the mobile health screening unit, Lions volunteers check patients’ hearing, vision and blood pressure and volunteer health professionals test for diabetes and glaucoma.
Chris Patterson, president and CEO of Freightliner LLC, will officially present the keys for the truck to Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation executive director Amber Kern on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 10:30 a.m. at Freightliner LLC headquarters on Swan Island in Portland. “Freightliner is proud to support an organization that provides a critical service to so many people in our state,” said Patterson. “We live and work in Oregon and the Lions Club’s mobile screening units touch the lives of many, many Oregonians, people who otherwise might not have access to preventative health services.”
Kern said Freightliner has been a long-time supporter of the Lions, donating a Business Class M2 truck in 1994 that continues to pull the Foundation’s first mobile unit. In 1999, as demand for screenings increased, the Foundation purchased a second, used, truck and added another mobile unit to the road. “That truck—which wasn’t a Freightliner—was underpowered and was subject to breakdowns so we often had to cancel visits. Our 10-year-old Freightliner truck runs much better, which is a testament to how well Freightliner’s vehicles hold up,” she said.
Last year the Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation’s two mobile units provided health screening to 30,000 Oregonians. This year, with the addition of the new, more reliable truck, Kern expects that number to rise to about 40,000. In the past 12 years, the Lions’ mobile screening units have tested more than 200,000 people.
“Our drivers spend long hours on the road so we’re very concerned about driver satisfaction and safety,” said Kern. “Often spouses accompany the drivers so it’s important to have a reliable and comfortable truck.”
The donated truck is a Business Class M2 106 model with an extended cab, a 250-horsepower MBE 900 diesel engine, automatic transmission, air conditioning and air-ride suspension. Maintenance for the new truck, along with the truck previously donated, is provided free of charge (excluding parts) by the Portland Freightliner dealership, which facilitated the transaction.
Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America and a leading producer of medium-duty and specialized commercial vehicles. It produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles under the Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star, and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Freightliner LLC is a business unit of DaimlerChrysler, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.
Since 1959, the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation has supported the 192 Lions Clubs throughout Oregon and operates the Lions Eye Bank at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland. The Foundation also provides financial assistance for eye and ear surgeries, recycles used eyeglasses and hearing aids and operates a children’s statewide low-vision clinic.