Innovation In Motion Donates Power Chairs During Call-In Week

Innovation In Motion, the Angola, Ind.-based American distributor of all-terrain Magic Mobility power wheelchairs, recently donated two power chairs during a week dedicated to increasing awareness of and appreciation for complex rehab technology.

Innovation In Motion President Rick Michael presented an Extreme 4x4 power chair to Taylor Morris, a Navy veteran severely injured last year while serving in Afghanistan.

Morris was working as an explosive ordinance disposal expert when a bomb exploded. As a result, he lost both legs, his left arm below the bicep, and his right hand.

Michael presented the chair to Morris in Rock Creek Park, Va. Upon receiving the chair, Morris said, according to an Innovation In Motion news announcement, "I'm going to see how close I can get to that creek. I'll go hunting and bring the catch of the day out of the woods."

Commenting on his plans for the Extreme 4x4, Morris - who recently collaborated with other veterans from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to create a video of support for civilians injured in last month's explosions at the Boston Marathon - said, "This will definitely expand the activities list. This won't get the easy road."

Michael was in the Washington, D.C., area as part of the NCART/NRRTS Complex Rehab Technology Leadership & Advocacy Conference, which included a day - April 10 - dedicated to calling legislators to advocate for complex rehab technology.

"These aren't the wheelchairs you see in airports and hospitals," Michael explained. "These are complex medical devices that are an extension of the patients that sit in them."

Witnessing the presentation of the chair to Morris was Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa).

"Taylor has shown us time and time again that no challenge is too big for him to overcome," Braley said in a statement. "His tenacity and perseverance, along with the support of his family and friends, has led him to an incredible recovery. Thanks to Innovation In Motion, VGM and U.S. Rehab, Taylor can get back outside and do the things he loves with his family and friends in his new all-terrain wheelchair."

That same week, Innovation In Motion's national sales manager, Melissa Fansler, and marketing manager, Amy Wheeler, presented a Frontier mid-wheel-drive power chair to Noah Barbknecht, a high school freshman paralyzed last Christmas in a skiing accident.

Jason Barbknecht, Noah's father, said of taking delivery of the new system, "I don't think they realize how much it means for Noah to get that chair. To get him back in the woods with me, doing what we have been doing since he was 2 years old."

Innovation In Motion distributes Australian-manufactured Magic Mobility power chairs as well as Ormesa pediatric seating, positioning and mobility equipment.

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Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at lwatanabe@1105media.com.

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