Adapting to life on Wheels

Last summer I traveled to the beautiful, hot and sunny, Los Angeles where I met many, many, inspiring people living with SCI’s (spinal cord injuries).  I accompanied a client who is currently performing her rehab program with us at Aim2Walk, here in Toronto.  One of her biggest interests was to make the transition from a powered chair to a manual chair.  This is how I was introduced to Troy McGurick.  Troy is the representative for Box Wheelchairs which is a small company building wheelchairs (basically it’s a factory in some guys garage.)  Their outlook is to “keep it simple and affordable while using the best parts! ” They start with a basic chair to fit each individual’s needs specifically and work on keeping it as light as possible for easy transportation.

Right away I was inspired by Troy and his positive easy going kind of attitude. Often times he’s traveling the world selling Box wheelchairs or, with wheelchair stunt guy Aaron Fotheringham, aka: Aaron Wheelz (you may have seen this guy doing back flips in his wheelchair.) Otherwise, he can be found at the skate park teaching young kids how to enjoy their life on wheels.  Troy is a quadriplegic and when asked about his injury he told me it was the best thing that could have happened to him.  He explained to me how his disability lead him to where he is now and how much he enjoys his life of traveling and teaching kids how to live a full life while in a chair.  I also found myself in shock when he drove up in a big, tall SUV and he transferred himself into his wheelchair.   He explained to me how it took him many tries (and a few falls) to be strong enough to be able to do it on his own.

See how Troy transfers himself, and his chair into his vehicle in less then a minute.

Michelle Wolfe

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