Fitness trackers and apps like the Fitbit have been some of the hottest items in 2016, especially with younger adults on the go. They can do everything from track your sleep, to tell you how many calories you’ve burned. Until recently, however, there weren’t any options available for the over 2 million Americans using manual wheelchairs. That changed last month when Apple announced they will be adding a way for wheelchair users to monitor their activity this fall on their Apple Watch.
The HARK Foundation is on a mission to educate the world about ALS, and provide a network of compassionate resources for families affected by the disease. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles. Over 12,000 people in the United States are living with ALS, which there is currently no cure.
Founder Donna York knows first hand how challenging battling ALS can be after losing her father in 2009. With the support of her 6 siblings she founded HARK to help support others in need and honor her father’s legacy. Charlie “Hark” Dourney lived by the philosophy that you always help others when given the opportunity and to face life’s challenges with courage and dignity. Donna continues to spread her father’s kindness and generosity through several channels including; a free camp for kids whose parents have ALS, funding a scholarship for military families, and purchasing medical equipment not covered by insurance. The biggest piece of equipment she has donated so far is an accessible van to the Gregoire family.
At MobilityWorks and other quality mobility dealers throughout the country, you will often hear the term “needs analysis” when describing what takes place at an initial visit. So what is a needs analysis? In very general terms, it’s a series of questions and answers, and the collection of key measurements, that a Certified Mobility Consultant uses to determine what the best vehicle conversion, or adaptive equipment, would best meet your specific mobility needs, lifestyle, family situation, and individual preferences. Not every conversion is going to be right for everyone , so it’s important to learn about different wheelchair ramps, lifts, hand controls, and seating options during this process.
MobilityWorks is proud to announce that we are offering 2.39% financing on select 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SE’s. All of these vans will be equipped with a VMI Northstar E manual in-floor ramp that is easy to stow and operate. This conversion was designed for wheelchair users with a caregiver driver – and unlike most manual ramps, the Northstar E requires no bending over or heavy lifting.
Since 1986, EverDry in Toledo has waterproofed over 80,000 basements throughout Ohio and Michigan. Owner Ken Rusk has been in the industry for almost 30 years, and believes deeply in local charities and continues to drive his company in the direction of giving back and making a difference in people’s lives. They have worked with The Make-A-Wish Foundation to help send local children to Disney, and even funded a humanitarian trip to Haiti where their friend Shane visited several orphanages. EverDry also works with several local charities that provide food and shelter to children in need.