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.
"I like nature. It was very frustrating that I could not get out. When I got my chair it was amazing, I got back my Freedom. You can get out and do it! One trick in photography is making sure you are steady, with the wheelchair I can lock it up and I have my steadying post right there. It gives me the Freedom to go out there. "
"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."
"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."
"The Freedom Chair provides so many opportunities for individuals with physical challenges, but the number one reason I like it is because it allows me to add another way to exercise and to compete to stay healthy and strong . . . I can now add trail races to the list of achievements. Without the Freedom Chair, I couldn’t experience what most trail runners feel after they have conquered trail distances . . .Simply put, I love the Freedom Chair."