Freedom Chair riders aren't just our customers - they're part of the GRIT family. Today's Rider Spotlight features Jeremy Kerr! Read on to learn about his adventures!
"There is so much the Freedom Chair has allowed me to do that I wasn't able to do in my everyday wheelchair."
35 year old Jeremy is a T4-T5 paraplegic who has been injured for over 16 years. After medically retiring from his position at the Oconee County Sheriffs office, he volunteers, using his personal experiences to help others deal with their recent spinal cord injuries. While he uses a TiLite manual wheelchair as his primary mode for getting around, he found it had certain limitations.
"I love being outdoors! Hunting, fishing and hiking, I do it all. However, the activities I love mostly involve going over terrain not suitable for my everyday wheelchair. I was limited to where I could go."
Jeremy discovered the Freedom Chair while reading an article about it. After visiting the GRIT website he discovered that applications were being accepted for the new Trailblazer Program. Seeing the potential of what the Freedom Chair could bring to his life, Jeremy didn't hesitate to apply.
"I am so thankful that I was one of the ones chosen to represent GRIT and to be able to show others what the Freedom Chair can do! I am in my second year as a Trailblazer with GRIT and so thankful to be a part of such an awesome team at GRIT!"
What activities does Jeremy enjoy doing in the Freedom Chair?
Jeremy prefers to spend his time with his family and out in nature:
"The activities I enjoy in my Freedom Chair are going on hikes with my family! Going out on the beach and riding by the water is huge highlight since getting a Freedom Chair! I love to go surf fishing as well in my Freedom Chair. It also makes going camping so much easier! I have taken it hunting and also use it when I go to the firing range for target practice."
Jeremy has no hesitation to make DIY customizations to enhance the activities he does with his Freedom Chair.
"Since receiving my Freedom Chair I have built a custom canopy to keep the blistering sun off me while hanging on the beach. I am still developing a device to hold my rifle for me while shooting to make my aim more stable!"
What is Jeremy's favorite thing about the Freedom Chair?
"My favorite thing about the Freedom Chair is that I can now get in the game and I love how it gives you a nice chest workout and saves your shoulders in the process without doing damage! I love how team GRIT listens to my feedback and is always trying to improve on the already awesome Freedom Chair! My two favorite things about the Freedom Chair are the lever system and the new pneumatic tire now available which gives you a smoother ride going beyond the pavement!"
After experiencing how his own life was enhanced by the Freedom Chair, Jeremy is quick to recommend it to others.
"If you are considering purchasing a Freedom Chair I would encourage you to go ahead a pull the trigger! It will be one of the best decisions you can make! It will change your life for the better and will get you off the sidelines! You will be able to participate and do things you haven't be able to do for along time!"