We were lucky to meet Kelly a few years ago as we were developing the Freedom Chair. We got together in a park in Maine for a ride and got her feedback-- a key part of our design process. Together with her husband Zeke, who is now the Executive Director of the Foundation, they helped us better understand the landscape of adaptive sports, particularly in New England.
One of the central activities of the Kelly Brush Foundation is their Adaptive Sports Equipment Grant program. They provide grants to purchase adaptive sports equipment, like the Freedom Chair, with a preference to those applicants who demonstrate a desire to achieve an active lifestyle but have financial limitations. Their applicants are nationwide, and they have made grants to over 740 individuals in 47 states! Applicants must have documented paralysis due to spinal cord injury, spina bifida, or transverse myelitis.
Their grant application is open now with submissions due March 17th. Head over to the guidelines page to learn more and the application page to get started! As part of the application, you'll need an equipment quote from us, so let us know if you're working on an application so we can send that over.
Thanks to the Kelly Brush Foundation for all of your great work. We look forward to getting out on the trail with you again soon!
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