Honoring the Memory of Ralph William Braunby Representative Jackie Walorski
Posted on 2013-02-14
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.