Falci Adaptive Motorsports is backed by Furniture Row’s Barney Visser
Five people with mobility challenges, including three U.S. Paralympians, were recently treated to a ride-and-drive experience in a Toyota Camry at Richmond Raceway. The event was a prelude to this weekend’s Toyota-sponsored NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series races at the ¾-mile, D-shaped track in Virginia’s capital city.
It was the year’s second event for the Denver-based Falci Adaptive Motorsports team.
The Toyota Mobility Foundation, in partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, has launched a $4 million US dollar global challenge to change the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis, culminating in the unveiling of the winners in Tokyo in 2020.
For the first time, Toyota has tested its in-home robot in the United States.
Thirteen years ago, just as the United States began what was to become its longest war, a futuristic wheelchair hit the market.
The iBOT allowed paralyzed people, including many veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, to stand up by rising to eye level. It also did something no wheelchair ever had: climb stairs.
But even though users loved it, the iBOT went out of production in 2009 when Johnson & Johnson discontinued it.
When the room was just four concrete walls, before it was outfitted with state-of-the-art therapy equipment and a sign that says “Never ever give up,” Romulo and Gabriela Camargo invited a Toyota executive to take a tour.
The couple had been raising money for years, scratching toward their goal of one day opening a recovery center for people with spinal cord injuries, who, like Romulo, were living with paralysis.
Seven years earlier, Romulo — “Romy” — was shot in the neck during an ambush in Afghanistan while serving as an Army Special Forces officer. He came home a quadriplegic.