Never give up. That’s the message Mary Kate Callahan continues to preach. The inspiring 19 year old, T8-T10 paraplegic is on a quest and has made training for and competing in Triathlon and Ironman events her life’s passion.
A La Grange, IL native, Mary Kate has been paralyzed since being an infant due to a virus that settled in her spinal cord (known as transverse myelitis). Today, she is a University of Arizona psychology student competing at the highest levels of athletic endurance and doing what she loves: racing! She represented the United States as the youngest member of Team USA at the 2012 & 2014 World Triathlon Championships. Her recent sporting travels have taken her to Mexico (winning a Silver Medal) and to London, where she won a Gold Medal at the London ITU World Triathlon.
Finding the right used handicap van within your budget just got a little easier with MobilityWorks new online inventory. Pricing is now being shown for most used handicap vans for sale, across all of our 35 store locations. In addition to hundreds of brand new vehicles show, there are currently 184 pre-owned wheelchair accessible minivans to sort through with market prices, in addition to 12 full-size vans equipped with a lift, and two pickup trucks. Many of these vehicle have low mileage and may still carry the original manufacturer’s powertrain warranty. Contact us to schedule a free needs analysis at any one of our location.
You Can Participate in a Twitter Chat on Wednesday, August 26th
Toys “R” Us has announced the release of their 2015 Toys”R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids. Toys “R”Us has a long history of supporting the special needs community. For over 20 years, they have published their annual guide as an easy-to-use resource featuring specially selected toys that encourage play for children with physical, cognitive and/or developmental disabilities.
MobilityWorks made a stunning announcement last Friday with the revelation that they were going to merge with HASCO, the parent company of Ride Away and Mobility Freedom wheelchair van dealerships. The move significantly increases MobilityWorks’ presence along the East Coast where Ride Away has most of its locations, including the states of CT, FL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, PA, TX, VA, and VT. Mobility Freedom has six locations, all in the state of Florida.
The United States brought home a total of 135 medals at the 2015 Parapan Am Games held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in early August. US athletes earned 40 gold, 51 silver and 44 bronze medals.
The 2015 US team consisted of 239 members competing in 14 of the 15 sports on the competition schedule. The majority of medals went to the track and field team, followed by the swimming team and then the cycling team. The finish marked the most medals ever won by Team USA at a Parapan American Games. The competition included approximately 1,600 athletes from 28 countries.