Daily Archives: 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 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.