MEDFORD, Ore. – Most people don’t think anything about walking on a nature trail but when you’re confined to a wheelchair, a simple walk through nature isn’t possible. That’s where David’s Chair comes in, a track chair that can move through tougher terrain and allow freedom for those who ride it.
Today Vincent Fuson, a young boy in Ruch, was able to test out David’s Chair for the first time. Vincent will use the chair in the coming weeks to go with his class on a field trip to the Oregon coast, which would not be possible in the chair that he uses day to day.
“It’s wonderful,” Jason Fuson, Vincent’s dad said, “Having the power chair that he has, only gets him so far and he doesn’t get to experience anything like this at all.”
“They walk away feeling included,” Steve Furst, CEO of David’s Chair said, “Inclusion is a tough thing when you’re stuck to a power chair, when you’re stuck to the asphalt jungle that we live in. Just being out there with their friends and participating; they’re kind of a big thing, their friends want to get on them because they’re so cool. They’re like little tanks.”
Furst started David’s Chair along side his friend David Hatrick, who used the first David’s Chair to hunt and fish after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, also known as ALS. David passed away in 2017 but part of his legacy is the David’s Chair organization which continues to help people like Vincent gain experiences that would otherwise be out of reach.