Jennifer Smith, age 45, is a proud wife and mother to two children. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at a young age, thyroid disease in 2005, Multiple Sclerosis in 2006, and Heart Disease in 2013.After suffering from a heart attack, she began to lose her ability to stand or walk for longer than five minutes. This began her withdrawal from activities with her family. For 5 years she sat at home, not wanting to inconvenience anyone and daydreaming of how active she used to be. Her family suggested it was time to look at wheelchairs so that she could continue to participate in everyday events. In April of 2018, it was suggested she visit the Abilities Expo in Edison, NJ to look at the possibility of purchasing a wheelchair. It was at the Abilities Expo that Jennifer discovered the Velochair. Jennifer no longer sits at home. She has the opportunity to go on walks with her husband in the park. She can pedal to her parents’ home a few blocks away. She takes frequent trips to the mall, the grocery store, and the craft shop. For the first time in 5 years she is living her life again.
Michael Byrnes is a 64 year-old husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather. Mike, a retired software engineer who lives in NJ, suffered a spinal cord injury at 59 leaving him paralyzed on the left side of his body.
David Guinivere, 61, has muscular dystrophy, a disease that has affected his legs, core, and arms. David was diagnosed 28 years ago and is a retired software engineer.
Peter Hersh, age, 64, is currently the Director at the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute. Dr. Hersh is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Division at Rutgers Medical School, and Visiting Research Collaborator at Princeton University. At Princeton, he works with the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering investigating new laser applications to eye surgery. Peter was introduced to the VeloChair after suffering from an injury in a bicycling accident.