New wheelchair, the mountain trike

I became disabled in June of 2004. A motorcycle wreck took the use of my legs, but not my will. I have struggled like so many other people who live with disabilities to regain my life and try to have some semblance of independence. Over the years it became apparent that the world I had lived in as an able bodied person was not built for people who need accessibility. Many activities that I loved, like snowboarding, running, biking, hunting became dreams of a life past. Every day activities are a constant challenge as well, just finding accessible parking, traveling from point A to B without physical barriers is very untypical. Life in a wheelchair is very difficult, and the equipment needed to regain access to lost activities in my life is outrageously expensive.

But luckily for me and so many other people who live in this country of innovation, charity and technology, there is always a means to achieve a goal. There are so many kind, generous and wonderful people who love helping their neighbors that have created adaptive equipment to help people like myself regain some of the independence lost through my accident. One such creation is the Mountain Trike, made by an inventor in the UK. The site is:

The product they produce and sell is an incredible invention that makes it possible for people who use wheelchairs to more easily and safely commute about. It is a ratchet arm powered wheelchair that has the two large wheels in front, hand brakes and a small driver or steering wheel in the back. Essentially what this chair does is allow a person to power their wheels ergonomically (reducing shoulder and wrist injuries-which is a huge problem for disabled individuals). This system also makes it possible for the user to climb logs and curbs, power through mud and rock, and descend hills and grades in a much safer manner. The mountain trike is a device that would change my life, keep me healthy and allow me to partake in activities that have been unattainable for almost 10 years.

I need to raise $3,300.00 USD in order to pay for the remaining balance on the chair. I have no ability to do this on my own, and I need some extra help. The Kelley Brush Foundation of Colorado was so kind to award me a grant of $3,100.00 USD to cover half of the chair, and I am seeking help to raise the rest. I asked the producers of the chair to donate the remaining balance, but like every hard working small business they cannot make a living if they donate their incredible product to every person who needs one. Also, the cost of the chair is so high because it is made with quality parts, measured specifically for each customer, and is made from high grade metals that are very expensive.

There are so many worthy causes to donate to and far too many individuals who are less fortunate than myself out there, but I figure even a few dollars can help me achieve this little dream of mine. I hope to spread some joy and hope with this message, not sorrow or apathy. Thank you for taking a few moments to read my story.
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Jordan Meekins 
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