Monday, April 13, 2015

The Affordable Kids' Wheelchair

My son Ian is graduating this summer from BYU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He's wanted to be "an inventor" since he was 5 years old. Recently his teammates and he presented their capstone project to a needy family. They designed and built "the world's lightest, least expensive motorized wheelchair." It was a huge success although the project took the better part of the year, and the team encountered significant challenges along the way.
I was no end of delighted to see the look on the faces of the little boy and his parents who received the wheelchair. The child has a form of muscular dystrophy, yet his parents were denied insurance coverage for a motorized wheelchair for their home. Tanner and his brother both share the debilitating disease. I am thrilled that Ian was part of a team that could make such a difference in the world and such a difference for Tanner and his family.
         
Here is a clip from our local news channel: Fox13Salt Lake City. Here's another clip from the NBC Nightly News. Way to go Ian and your team!

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