My name is Keith Polischuk, in June of 2005 while out with friends at the beach, I had a diving accident and sustained a severe spinal cord injury and became a quadriplegic. In the years since my injury I've gone on to accomplish and experience many wonderful things; I graduated from college, met the love of my life (and married her), found a full time job, bought a house, and welcomed two wonderful sons into the world.
Prior to my injury the outdoors was always my escape, if I had free time you could find me at the beach, or in the woods, on a mountain bike during warm weather, and on skis when it was cold. In the years since my injury I've tried to enjoy nature as best I can, but there is something severely lacking when you have to experience it from the edge of a sidewalk or from the driver's seat of a vehicle. As my kids are changing from babies to boys the outdoors beckons us all with a new intensity. Our family is fortunate to have a house that sits on a 2.5 acre wooded lot and I'm eager to teach my boys about critters and plants. I want to make forts in the woods and plant vegetables in the garden. I want to chase them on a soccer field and make sandcastles at the beach. Unfortunately my manual wheelchair and most standard powerchairs just aren't suited to going off road.
Anyone who knows me well will tell you that when I'm interested in a topic, I will research it to death. Over the years I've looked into all sorts of mobility devices to get me off the beaten path from special tires to full on mechhanized tank chairs, and I have found what I believe to be the optimal solution for me and my family. It's called the GRIT Freedom Chair. You can check it out here: www.gogrit.us in the words of the company "The GRIT Freedom Chair is the most versatile chair on the market, designed from the ground up to handle any terrain. From trails to grass to snow, the Freedom Chair is built for you to push yourself. Born out of research at MIT, the Freedom Chair's patented easy-push levers reduce shoulder strain and put you in control of your mobility. A mountainbike, for your arms."
I'm looking to raise approximately $4000 over the next few weeks. This money will cover the cost of the freedom chair, a couple of key accessories and shipping.
This means so much to me, because I yearn not only to get off the beaten path with my family and friends, but to do it as an active participant. Being pushed through rough terrain, although greatly appreciated, can never compare to being able to move around independently outside. With your help I'm hoping we can restore my ability to enjoy the outdoors more fully and realize the dream of doing it with my family.
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