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Camper manufacturer powers chairs with gasoline engine for use outdoors

Published: January 24, 2010

Necedah firm off to the races with wheelchair idea

Necedah – A Wisconsin camper manufacturer, inspired by an employee who uses a wheelchair to get around, has developed a motorized wheelchair that soon could be giving people with spinal cord injuries the mobility to participate in off-road activities such as hunting and fishing.

Powered by a small motorcycle engine, the chair is capable of speeds up to 25 mph and is geared to handle hills.

Keith Shirk: Seizing the future by overcoming the past

Published: January 24, 2010

Keith Shirk is animated when he talks.

His face is expressive. He gestures frequently with his hands. He’s come light-years since the June 2001 accident that that paralyzed him from the chest down.

“At first, in the hospital,” he says, “all I could do was lift my left shoulder.” Now, nine years after he dove into the Ocean City, Md., surf and hit his head on a sandbar, he’s checked off many of the goals he set for himself.