It was, for Greg Traynor, a moment of revelation.
It was autumn, his favorite time of year. And he was in the woods, archery hunting, his most cherished outdoor activity among many.
The sun was shining on his face, the leaves were a fiery mix of reds and golds and oranges, turkeys and squirrels and birds bustled about. In a few moments, a white-tailed doe would appear, and he’d take it with one clean, perfectly-placed shot from his crossbow.
Casey Moore’s withered right hand pushes the small joystick that thrusts a special wheelchair down a TouVelle State Park trail, with the chair’s tracks carrying him over rocks and thick grass.
“It feels like I’m driving a mini tank,” Moore laughs.
He powers down a short embankment to experience something he hasn’t since a diving accident 18 years ago left him paralyzed from the chest down, with limited use of his arms and hands.
David Pollie’s favorite place in the world was in the woods, and being a quadriplegic since the age of 15 did not stop him from hunting whitetail deer.
The Grand Rapids man who overcame incredible odds to get back into the woods died unexpectedly last week. He was 32.
David, who raised funds for a special track chair to help his pursuit of whitetail deer, went into cardiac arrest at his home June 30 and never recovered.
The Outdoor Ability Foundation donates a $10,000 chair to an 8-year-old
FULTONDALE, Ala. —Tucker Wick is a boy who loves the outdoors, but getting around isn’t easy. Trying to find the right “tools” to be outside has been a struggle. But today, thanks to the Outdoor Ability Foundation he’s getting freedom, in the form of a really cool ride.
Grayson Phillips, 16, and his dad, Scott, founded the Outdoor Ability Foundation. They love the outdoors and want to help other families do the same.
Hunting, fishing and other outdoor pursuits are often out of reach for paralyzed military veterans. Soon, with the help of ITC employees, more veterans will have access to specialized all-terrain wheelchairs.
Through charitable contributions from its employees, ITC has raised funds to purchase nine track chairs from Action Trackchairs to be used by veterans from communities in Michigan, Iowa, Oklahoma and Kansas.
“I am grateful for our employees’ generosity toward this cause, I know many of us hold it near to our hearts,” said Joe Welch, chairman, president and CEO of ITC Holdings, Corp.
WATERBORO (WGME) — A company known for its top-secret tanks is keeping its biggest and best secret for one of their own.
For the past four months employees at Howe and Howe Technologies in Waterboro have been secretly building a “Ripchair 3.0” for Tony Tulo, a salesperson at the company who is paralyzed from the chest down.