Rider Spotlight (Kids Edition): John McConnell's Wish

We were honored to play a role in helping the Make-A-Wish Foundation grant a very special wish this weekend. Read on to learn about John's #revolutionarywish!

"By the rude bridge that arched the flood, 
   Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled, 
Here once the embattled farmers stood
   And fired the shot heard round the world."

-Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson


John McConnell, a 14-year-old from Anchorage, Alaska, used the GRIT Freedom Chair to help fulfill his wish to participate in the reenactment of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, commemorating the start of the American Revolution.

John worked with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, GRIT, and local reenactors, including the Acton Minutemen, to make his wish come true. His Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, nonstop torrential rain, and the muddy fields didn't stop him from playing drum commands calling for the British Regulars and local Minutemen to fire their muskets! 

We got to meet John and his family earlier in the week, when we worked with them in our shop to come up with a custom mount to hold John's drum in place during the march.  

You can read more about John's wish in the Metro West Daily News.