HONORING THE MEMORY OF RALPH WILLIAM BRAUN
(Extensions of Remarks - February 14, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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               HONORING THE MEMORY OF RALPH WILLIAM BRAUN

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                          HON. JACKIE WALORSKI

                               of indiana

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, February 14, 2013

  Mrs. WALORSKI. Mr. Speaker, today I wish to honor the legacy of Ralph 
William Braun. Born on December 18, 1940 in Winamac, Indiana, Ralph is 
a lifelong Hoosier, proud family man, and entrepreneur whose 
contributions positively impacted thousands of lives in the community. 
As the Founder and CEO of the Braun Corporation, his company's 
specialized mobility products have improved the everyday lives of 
individuals across the globe.
   Ralph's passion to help others was fostered at a young age, as he 
struggled with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic defect that causes 
muscle damage. In an effort to improve his own mobility, Ralph 
developed and assembled a three-wheel scooter. Realizing that others 
suffered from the same issue, he founded the Save-A-Step Manufacturing 
Company in 1963, a company that later became known as The Braun 
Corporation. Today Braun Corporation has grown into a world-wide 
company, with its headquarters still based in the Second District of 
Winamac, Indiana.
   His contributions did not stop there. In 2010, Ralph started the 
Ralph Braun Foundation to continue helping the disabled population 
obtain mobility equipment. His contributions were recognized by a 
robust group of organizations with awards and honors, including The 
White House's 2012 ``Champion of Change'' award. Ralph's effort and 
donations to the community have touched many, and he will be sorely 
missed.
   Ralph leaves behind an incredible legacy that will surely live on to 
inspire future Americans and encourage new innovation. His family, 
including his wife, Melody, children, and grandchildren will remain in 
my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
   I am honored to recognize the life of Ralph William Braun and extend 
my deepest sympathies to his loved ones. Joining Hoosiers across the 
state, we mourn his loss and remember the leadership that will continue 
motivating us all to help others.