Wheeling into Lake Superior with ease
By Nicole Buchmann | Posted: Wed 6:24 PM, Aug 15, 2018 | Updated: Wed 6:36 PM, Aug 15, 2018
MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - On Wednesday, Cheri Shible and her caregiver Lenny Shible rolled right into the Lake Superior with complete ease.
"It not only allows me to get to the edge of the water, but into the water," said Cheri.
Just two months ago in a narrow wheeled chair, splashing care free in the middle of the water would have been out of the question for the two.
"It is so hard to push someone into and out of the water especially when you get into the soft sand, it’s almost impossible," said Lenny.
But the Coffee Clutch group from St. Michael’s Catholic Church saw this problem and decided to make some waves.
"We found a beach wheelchair online and we got a GoFundMe campaign," said St. St. Michael’s parishioner Margaret Brumm. "It took about two and a half weeks to get the $1,000 to get the chair and we got some bamboo mats to extend the boardwalk."
And after a blessing, on Wednesday, Cheri got in the water for the first time since her stroke five years ago.
"Our local people doing something for other people is just a cool thing to see and it’s a good idea and I hope they can expand upon it," said Marquette Mayor Dave Campana.
Brumm hopes the city will acquire more of these beach accessible wheelchairs and have them available to rent at Lambros Beach.
"The chairs themselves are pretty expensive, but we could do a GoFundMe campaign if the city gave a go ahead we would do it," said Brumm.
Both Cheri and Lenny hope other Marquette beaches can have similar board walks to make water accessibility easier for everyone.
"It means the world to me and others," said Cheri.
The chair works perfectly. The removable handle made transferring in and out a breeze. This chair will also allow us to get to other beach areas otherwise inaccessible; still can't thank you enough.
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Thank you for providing a much needed solution for transporting my daughter up and down stairs. The Freedom Chair gave us the ability to stay with family in their three story home in the mountains where we enjoyed a respite in nature. The structure and stability of the Freedom chair makes me feel secure in that fact that my daughter is safe while in it. I also appreciate that I (her mother) was able to be one of the carriers myself. The weight and portability of the Freedom Chair offers us a solution for visits to many other places that won’t accommodate her large power chair.
I am also truly grateful for the customer service that I received from you personally. It is easy to feel that you are passionate about this solution and about helping others.
”Freedom” to once again do what they love to do.
After being in sales the majority of my adult life, one can have a tendency to get quite burnt out by all the ”No thank you’s” and “Sorry, not at this time”. Yet every now and then there is that one deal you close that justifies all of the negativity you have endured, and that makes it all worthwhile. That was exactly the case with a very special client of mine named Edward Bent Box Sr., or Red Ute as he is known by, in the Ute Indian Community.
Red Ute is a 93-year-old Ute Indian Chief, who like all native Americans has a certain reverence for all things nature, and the spirituality that comes along with it. He is a world-renowned Indian Flute maker for the Ute Indian Tribe, and now located in North Carolina. His love for this craft began when he was a young boy, while living on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in Colorado. He would ride his horse along the Pine River in Southwest Colorado, listening to the other young men playing their flutes high on the hilltops.
One day, I received a call from his wife Diane Box, wanting some information on our Freedom Chair. Apparently the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest was a special place he longed to go to, but since he was stricken with kidney problems and put on dialysis, he was just too weak, to make the one and a half mile hike. After giving her all the details of our Freedom Chair, they decided that would be the only way to get Eddie out to see the trees.
She has sent several emails since then, and just recently sent me an email with many wonderful pictures documenting their trip to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Along with the pictures, was a very kind message to myself, Royce, and the rest of the staff, thanking us for creating such a great product! We both promised to keep in touch, and I feel I have made a life long friendship with 2 very special people, even if only through emails. Most of all was the satisfaction of knowing that through this one little sale, I helped to improve someone’s quality of life, by giving them the “Freedom” to once again do what they love to do.
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RE: Enthusiastic Recommendation for the Crosswind Concepts Freedom Chair
As the Disability Access Services Leader of the Boy Scouts of America’s 2013 National Jamboree, I want to thank Crosswind Concepts for providing BSA with the Freedom Chairs they donated. These light weight sturdy evacuation chairs were a life saver for scouts with disabilities at the National Jamboree. The chairs enabled Jamboree staff and scouts to help scouts using wheelchairs and scouts with injuries to negotiate very difficult and muddy terrain where their wheelchairs or crutches would not let them travel.
Based on our experience at the 2013 National Jamboree, I believe that every scout reservation and outdoor recreation facility with challenging terrain would benefit by having at least a couple of Freedom Chairs to help with movement of individuals with disabilities or injuries! The chairs are a great backup plan to help make the inaccessible, more accessible.
My staff and the scouts with disabilities who used the chairs during the Jamboree were thrilled with the utility of having this option to assist scouts when their own equipment or the terrain was not up to the challenge. A single scout can easily help transport another scout and with the help of two or more scouts, nearly any physical barrier can be surmounted. Use of these chairs can help provide access to high adventure areas and activities to participants with disabilities that is nearly impossible without such equipment. They should be part of camp staff standard equipment to accommodate scouts with physical disabilities.
Although I do not speak for the BSA, as a whole, I would be glad to answer any questions or provide additional information on our experiences to any party who may be interested. I can be reached at (334) 744‐1629 or by email at email@example.com.
Disabilities Access Services Leader
2013 National Jamboree
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