Parker is an energetic five-year-old from Palmyra, PA diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy. When Parker started preschool, it became clear that he would need new equipment that would fulfill his and his parents’ needs. Numotion helped Parker’s family find the perfect fit and he received what he calls his “Blue Racer” manual wheelchair in the summer of 2018.
“It wasn’t easy accepting that Parker needed a wheelchair for his mobility” said Parker’s mom. “We realized being in a stroller or being carried around wasn’t giving Parker the independence he deserved. Now he loves his wheelchair and it has opened many opportunities for him. He is comfortable in it and our Numotion team made sure that his chair fit even after a growth spurt.” When Parker needed adjustments to his wheelchair to make it easier for him to move around, his mom said that his Seating Technician John was right there to help.
Parker loves hockey and is a very passionate sports fan. He loves being on the ice and his mom says he feels so free and lights up whenever he is at the rink. Parker participates in a local program called Wheels on Ice through the Hershey Figure Skating Club where he is able to experience ice in his wheelchair. Through this program, Parker had the opportunity to meet U.S. Hockey gold medalist and Numotion spokesperson, Jim Craig. The former U.S Hockey goaltender, invited Parker and his family to the Giant Center in Hershey, PA for an afternoon skate. Jim and his daughter Taylor represent Gold Medal Strategies, and are spokespersons for Numotion. Their role is all about advocacy and raising awareness for not only the people living with disabilities but the caretakers and their families.
“Parker’s smile lights up the room and his laugh is contagious. Nothing will stop him! It is amazing to see how Numotion’s hard work has really changed people's lives. They are the lead provider of the CRT industry and I could not be more proud to be part of their team advocating for their company's mission. Kudos to Numotion for making a difference and to the Fellon family for all of their love and support” said Jim Craig.
Parker’s mom said that she has been encouraged by how other kids have treated Parker since getting his wheelchair. “As a mom you often worry about your son being accepted by other kids, but it has been so fun to watch how his friends gravitate towards him. He has this little fan club that loves to push him in his wheelchair and follow him around. His challenges don’t affect him and he always has a smile on his face.”
Parker is a motivated and determined kid who will continue to do great things, motivate others, and rise above any obstacles set before him!