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Dan

Dan’s Story

Dan was diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND) in March of 2018 and ALS in June of 2018. By the end of 2018, he was beginning to use his power chair and by March of 2019, he became fully dependent on his power chair.

James

James’s Story

James considers himself a Professional Hobbyist. He is not sure that is a legitimate title but it is the best way to describe his lifetime of learning. James has gained some proficiency in Martial Arts, mountain biking, and paintball while dabbling in 3D design & printing, screen-printing, line skating, bicycle polo, Radio Controlled car racing, and a couple of other hobbies he has forgotten. Fueled by a seemingly unlimited supply of duct tape and cardboard as a child, James has always been a maker.  

Joe

Joe’s Story

Joe is a twenty-three-year-old senior in college who is hoping to work in film and television production. He enjoys movies, sports, and long walks with his dog Winifred.

Kai

Kai’s Story

Danielle is the proud mother of a very special toddler named Kai. She lovingly refers to him as her “sour patch kid,” and it’s an apt reference to their story, one filled with the highest of highs and lowest of lows. Kai was diagnosed with a rare medical condition called Beta-propeller protein-associated neurodegeneration disorder (BPAN), a progressive disease that damages the nervous system, and there is no cure. First it’s sour, then it’s sweet. A sour patch kid story, for sure.

Levi

Levi’s Story

Levi is a happy 2-year-old boy with translocation (14,21) Down Syndrome (one of the rarest types). He lives with his mom and dad in Denham Springs, LA right outside of Baton Rouge. He loves anything that involves water, so bath time is super fun at their house. He also really loves to eat! His favorite shows are Puppy Dog Pals and PJ Masks. He is hard of hearing but he can hear when those songs play on the TV. His parents also believe he has an imaginary friend with whom he laughs and babbles ALL DAY LONG.

McKenzie

McKenzie’s Story

McKenzie Coan was diagnosed at nineteen days old with a condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease. McKenzie has met her share of challenges but she turns each one into an opportunity for growth.

Paul

Paul’s Story

When Paul Erway knows what he wants, he goes for it full force. Paul accomplished his goals with patience, persistence, and a joyous spirit. In 1980, when Paul was in college, he was in a car accident which caused a C4 through C6 spinal cord injury. Before Paul's injury, his passion was horses, and he was pursuing a career as a horse trainer. After Paul's injury, his career path changed, but his need for speed did not.

Rebecca

Rebecca’s Story

Rebecca is 31 years old and lives in Southeast Michigan. She was born with Escobar Syndrome. This is a genetic condition that affects all of her joints and muscles. She can’t straighten out her fingers, elbows, knees, and hips and has severe scoliosis which affects her breathing and wears hearing aids in both ears and has glasses due to being low vision. However, since receiving her new Quantum Stretto wheelchair she said she has found more independence and mobility with its many features.

Rob

Rob’s Story

Rob Semple lives in Waco, Texas. He was diagnosed in November of 2019 with ALS with a rare variant form called Brachial Amyotrophic Diplegia. At first, Rob and his family were thankful, before they realized how limiting it would be. Eventually, things became even harder when the disease began to affect Rob’s balance and his ability to walk. This was unexpected for them, and they needed to move quickly to get a power chair. 

Sean

Sean’s Story

Sean and his Numotion team worked very hard to obtain this life-changing equipment, the Jaco Robotic Arm. The Jaco Robotic Arm resembles a full human arm that corresponds to the shoulder, elbow, and wrist. The Jaco Robotic Arm trial was a huge success. Sean quickly learned how to operate this complex device through his wheelchair joystick. He was immediately able to pick up a fork and simulate feeding himself, grasp a bottle of water from the counter and get himself a drink. Sean can do a variety of things independently with the assistance from his Jaco Robotic Arm like: drinking, eating, scratching an itch,  holding his phone, playing chess and reaching things. 

Steve

Steve’s Story

Numotion customer, Steve, is 48-years-old living in Woodbridge, Connecticut, with his girlfriend, Sandra, also a Numotion customer. When Steve was a kid living in Long Island, New York, he was diagnosed with severe scoliosis, and a benign spinal cord tumor called an Astrocytoma. Steve had two surgeries to remove the tumors, which caused nerve damage, resulting in a spinal cord injury at the T4/T5 level and making him a full-time wheelchair user.

Zander

Zander’s Story

At thirteen months old, Zander went from a walking, running and climbing baby to a paraplegic in a few short hours. Zander was diagnosed with Acute Flaccid Myelitis, a rare disease that affects the spinal cord, the part of the nervous system that carries messages to and from the brain. He was treated at Levine Children’s Hospital and spent three weeks there for inpatient rehab. Recovery from AFM is unknown. Zander continues to make slow but steady progress.