The beach is a hard work out for him as he has to use his arm crutches since the wheelchair just sinks into the sand.
The only place he has no difficulty is on smooth pavement. Cobblestone sidewalks/streets make for an uncomfortable ride.
Michael has struggled on vacations due to his lack of access with his current wheelchair but we have tried to always help him whether that means carrying him vs. being a shoulder to lean on vs. changing plans so he could be included.
This is our DREAM WHEELCHAIR!
We are trying to get Michael this wheelchair that will greatly increase his mobility and thus his life. He used to be such an active child. He was very active with sports including baseball and soccer. Michael frequently went on hikes with his family and he enjoyed dirt bike/ATV riding. Michael also loved riding his bicycle and now is unable to do that.
Michael is now restricted in so many ways since our wheelchair isn't designed for off-pavement trips or on the sand/snow. His electric scooter has ZERO traction in the snow and living in NY, that makes for a very long and tough winter.
This is the site for further information on our dream wheelchair. Dream Wheelchair
This wheelchair will allow Michael to go up hiking trails, go to the beach, and travel safely in the snow. It will allow him to adventure farther and deeper with his family and other loved ones. Michael obtained his Associates Degree in Adventure Recreation prior to developing his symptoms with the hopes of working as a rafting guide or park ranger. His dream job will probably never be fulfilled because of his physical limitations but this wheelchair can increase his access in the great outdoors.
Please help us improve my brother's quality of life. We truly appreciate anything you can do to help!