"The first weekend I had it I went down to the park, and it was great because I could push around. Some of the trails are gravel and some of them are dirt, but it let me get out and enjoy the fresh air again . . . "Just leaving the pavement; simple things like just going in my backyard . . . This is the best chair I’ve found that can do that."
"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."
"I was able to roam freely at our annual Arts for All Festival, and tour the event booths for the first time in 6 yrs. I saw many old friends for the first time in a long time, and am very grateful for my Freedom Chair which made it all happen . . . It takes some getting used to, but restores much of the independence that has been missing in my life."
"Being able to move and be active outdoors with the people I love! It's an amazing tool that has allowed me to do more of the things that I would normally miss out on because of my intense chronic pain that is made worse by walking. It's so life giving to have some independence and freedom to explore outdoors in my chair!"
Nico Serra has battled the effects of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. He was eager for equipment that would allow him to get back into nature and exercise while protecting his joints: “The GRIT Freedom Chair [allows] me to go to the park down the street, a place that was previously not accessible to me. The chair really embodies the idea that everyone should have access to the outdoors . . . It's 90% more efficient, it doesn't destroy your joints."
"It’s liberating and I’m getting to do all this stuff that, quite frankly, I never thought I would never be able to do again . . . It has surpassed all of my hopes and expectations in terms of getting around on rougher terrain and being able to hike again and being able to get back out in the field."
"The past few weeks I have had the thrill of telling friends, family and community members that I’ve been spending my time doing something that I have never been able to do before, that is moving a manual wheelchair [the Freedom Chair] independently. It’s a great way for me to get exercise in the back yard."
"My GRIT Freedom Chair allows me to propel myself outside in a wheelchair, which lets my Mom and I walk and roll side by side on the paved Promenade here in Seaside, OR. I enjoy the feeling of being able to push myself, see the ocean, and have a conversation with my mom while being able to look at her (instead of her being behind me, pushing me)."