Sunrise Medical's Propel Donation Program Names Summer Recipients
- By Laurie Watanabe
- Oct 17, 2013
Two active Quickie wheelchair users are the latest beneficiaries of Sunrise Medical's Propel Donation Program.
Damon Bosier, who lives in Hawaii, was using a Quickie GT ultralightweight rigid chair to stay active following a C6 spinal cord injury. In fact, Bosier was able to land right in his GT during his very first skydiving attempt. But given his active lifestyle, Bosier was seeking additional equipment to handle tougher terrains, conquer longer distances, and facilitate propulsion to give his shoulders some extra support.
Sunrise Medical teamed with Frank Lane, an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) in National Seating & Mobility's Honolulu office, to outfit Bosier's GT with new Spinergy LX wheels and Schwalbe Marathon tires.
"The Propel Donation Program awarded me new wheels to promote longevity and independence," Bosier said in a news announcement. He predicted that his next skydiving adventure would end with landing in the GT that's now outfitted in "Johnny Cash Black" Spinergy wheels.
The second Propel recipient of the summer was Cameron Irwin of Tasmania, Australia, a motivational speaker who enjoys surfing, skydiving, wake-boarding and riding all-terrain vehicles. Irwin, whose accident six years ago resulted in quadriplegia, needed mobility equipment that could support his active days.
Sunrise Medical Regional Director Steve Fox worked with Irwin, who received a Quickie Q7 ultralightweight chair outfitted with Frog Legs suspension caster forks, Spinergy LX wheels and Schwalbe Marathon tires.
The Propel Donation Program provides equipment to consumers who wouldn't otherwise have access to the complex rehab technology they need. Each quarter, the Sunrise Medical Propel committee reviews consumer applications, makes its donation selections, then matches each consumer with a local equipment supplier and an ATP to make sure the equipment is custom configured and sized to the consumer's individual needs and specifications.
Consumers can apply to the Propel Donation Program by completing the application found HERE.
Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.