Yesterday’s post was probably the most important post of this entire blog. It was kind of a big deal so we’ll keep it light today.
Today is special. Not only do you get your Technology Tuesday fix, you also get a heart warming story!
People travel for a couple of reasons, like to get in tune with nature or to do something adventurous. For people who get around using a chair, you might think those reasons wouldn’t apply to you. But that was before today. You’ll know better.
Brad Soden invented a solution when his wife Liz was excluded from precious moments on their family vacations. Brad and Liz have been through it all. They were only dating when Liz was in a car accident that left her paralyzed. While healing and grieving this loss in the hospital, she told Brad that he should find someone “normal” to be with and be happy with. He didn’t listen. He proposed to her instead.
It was a tough road and Brad stuck with her, cared for her, and worked to find ways to restore her sense normalcy. So when the family went camping and spotted a herd of Elk, everyone was excited to see it. But Liz’s chair was not ideal for the mountainside; even if she could follow, she would have made too much noise with her chair and scared the Elk away. So she was left behind. This was unacceptable to Brad so he did something. He built the Tank Chair.
Liz’s father suggested using tracks, like a tank, to enable the user to go on all sorts of terrain, and Brad built a prototype. He built and improved and with a team of robotics specialists behind him, I think he’s got an amazing product for outdoorsy travailers!!
Tank Chair is a custom off-road wheelchair that can go anywhere outdoors. Tank Chair conquers streams, mud, snow, sand, and gravel, allowing you to get back to nature. —tankchair.net
This is an incredible family who shows the value of thinking creatively and dreaming big. They helped Liz enjoy nature again, and they are continuing to help so many more. The world is your oyster.
I hope Liz and Brad use the chair for some a much deserved long walk on the beach.