We've been criss-crossing the country to deliver Freedom Chairs to our new Trailblazers. Along the way we've been demoing in parks, riding on trails, and putting the Freedom Chair through its paces. Read about part 1 of our Trailblazer Tour here.
Kansas City Bound!
We set out for Kansas City to meet Wes Hamilton, gym enthusiast, Trailblazer, and founder of Disabled, But Not Really, a nonprofit that raises awareness for people with spinal cord injuries and promotes health and fitness for people with disabilities.
Wes is a workout enthusiast - he hits the gym at least five days a week - so we were impressed, but not surprised, to learn that he had managed to fit in a quick workout prior to our visit. Even with an extra workout, Wes handled his Freedom Chair like a pro - within minutes he had the lever system all figured out, and we think his big smile in the picture below says it all!
After Wes took a test drive at home, we headed out to the park to set up for our Freedom Chair Demo & Trailblazers celebration! Aside from the 60 mph winds that blew in towards the end, it was a beautiful day well spent.
We had a great time at the park, but there was one important mission we had to accomplish before leaving Kansas City: finding and eating some delicious barbeque at Gates!
Goodbye Kansas City, Hello Las Vegas!
After celebrating with delicious barbeque - we hopped a plane westward to meet Mariza, our Las Vegas based Trailblazer. Mariza is a retired Army veteran and a member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America who hightails it all over the Country to participates in a long list of adaptive sports.
It only took Mariza a couple minutes to get used to riding Freedom Chair, and once we were at the park she put it through it's paces on grace, sand, and gravel!
After our event, Team GRIT headed back to our hotel in Downtown Las Vegas and took in the sights and sounds. Our hotel, the Downtown Grand, was only a few blocks away from Fremont Street, and we had a great time exploring. Our favorite "only in Las Vegas" moment? A giant Praying Mantis that burst into song - and flames!
It was a wonderful, whirlwind, three-day trip, and we couldn't be happier to have Wes and Mariza on the Trailblazer Team!
Stay tuned for our third and final installment of the Trailblazers Tour, and don't forget to sign up below to get news, stories, and updates from the InteGRITy blog straight to your inbox!
The GRIT Freedom Chair is the most versatile chair on the market, designed from the ground up to handle any terrain. From trails to grass to snow, the Freedom Chair is built for you to push yourself. Born out of research at MIT, the Freedom Chair's patented easy-push levers reduce shoulder strain and put you in control of your mobility. Learn more about the GRIT Freedom Chair at www.gogrit.us