iPush Foundation Asks, "What Do You Push For?"
ipush Foundation founder Chris Malcom chats with contest winner Alexis Taylor.
With more than 10,000 followers on social media, the iPush Foundation is known for what they ask every day: “What do you push for?”
The question is personal for iPush founder Chris Malcom, paralyzed in a car accident in his 20s. A C7 quadriplegic, Malcom has found career success as the general manager of At Home Medical, a self-pay medical supply provider. But that wasn’t enough. Malcom also wanted to personally reach out to, support and encourage the wheelchair community at large.
“I’ve been in a wheelchair for nearly 25 years and hope to make the path you roll a little easier. I’ve been there myself. That’s why we created the iPush Foundation,” Malcom explained.
Wheelin’ For the Holidays: A New iPush Tradition
As the iPush community continues to expand, its programs and resources are growing as well. Their projects now include Wheelin’ for the Holidays, a contest that takes place in December.
“Christmas seemed like the perfect time to start an annual contest to help people in need with a brand-new wheelchair,” Malcom says.
Participants fill out an online entry form (ipush.org) that asks “What do you push for?” and why that individual needs a new wheelchair. A panel of judges reviews applications and selects one winner to receive a new, customfitted everyday Eagle wheelchair built by Eagle Sportschairs and donated by At Home Medical.
The 2014 Wheelin’ for the Holidays wheelchair recipient was Alexis Taylor, 9, of Plant City, Fla. Alexis was diagnosed in utero with spina bifida, but hasn’t let that slow her down. To date, she has had 26 surgeries, but still sports plenty of determination and spunk.
Her mom, Amanda, said, “Alexis has overcome so many obstacles, it’s mind-boggling. Alexis has kept fighting and is here for a purpose. God has a plan for my baby girl. She knows exactly how to love the right way and live life to the fullest.”
After receiving her new chair, Alexis said, “I can’t wait to go fast! I can play basketball with my friends now.”
This contest is free and open to anyone who uses a wheelchair within the 48 continental United States. Stay tuned for the next Wheelin’ for the Holidays event in December 2015, and go to ipush.org for full contest rules and instructions.