The New Stuff


Carly Pearson Climbs Past the Fire with Catalyst Sports

Editor’s Note: Carly Pearson, of Knoxville, Tennessee, has faced more than one type of fire in her life – and she continues to win against them all, thanks to her inner flame and the support of organizations like Catalyst Sports.

Why Carly Pearson Became a Firefighter

5I grew up on a farm and was more or less a tomboy. I loved being outside. One of my advisors, after looking over my interests, said I might want to consider getting a degree in forestry because I liked being outdoors so much. In one of the first forestry courses I took in college, our professor took a group of us on a field trip to learn how to do a prescribed burn in South Carolina.

That’s when I fell in love with forest fires and understood the need for burning wood lots to clean up the litter on the forest floors. I also learned how to put out forest fires once the prescribed burn ended. Then I knew exactly what I wanted to do for a career. After graduating from college with a forestry degree, I moved to Idaho to work for the U.S. Forest Service, and that job launched my career in fighting wildfires. My goal when I left college was to become a wildland firefighter.

I knew that in this profession I’d get to work outside and travel and fight fires all over the U.S. Due to my efforts and the efforts of the people I worked with, we could help people save their homes, properties and possibly their lives.

I’ve always felt like firefighting was a noble profession because we were serving the people we were protecting.

3My job in the Forest Service was in aviation. My specific job was in helicopter management. I was a part of a firefighting group that used helicopters to reach the fires, instead of fire engines. Our helicopters would get us as close as possible to the fires and the land, and then we could establish a base to set up to fight major forest fires. I went to a very large fire in Nevada, the Eureka Complex. The wind shifted during the night, and we had to move our fire camp in the middle of the night to reach safety.

In Oregon in the Umpqua National Forest, the Tiller was also a major fire and was the fire where I got injured That fire burned 60,000 acres of forest land. At that time, I was a helicopter manager.

I managed the aircraft that went up and dropped water on the fire. I was the company liaison between the people who owned the aircraft and our firefighters. The government contracted out aircraft to help fight fires, and I was in charge of setting up those contracts. I also made sure the firefighters had all the equipment they needed, so that we as firefighters could do our jobs correctly.

On the Umpqua National Forest fire, I was responsible for two helicopters and the firefighting teams assigned to those helicopters. This fire was so large that there were 15 different aircraft assigned to fight the fire. In remote locations where we fight fires, we try and set up a heli-base (an outpost for the helicopter and the firefighting crews that are assigned to a certain section of the fire).


During this fire, we found a field that was close to the fire to set up camp. To cool down, I went down to a nearby river.

As I went to the river, I fell 25 feet, hit a rock and landed in the river.

One of my fellow firefighters heard the commotion by the river, came down and with the help of other firefighters pulled me out of the water. Because we had helicopters with us, and my accident was a medical emergency, I was put on a backboard and medevacked from the fire to the hospital.

What Happened After Carly Fell

One of the advantages we have as firefighters is we always have someone with us who is trained in emergency medicine. I really don’t know who all got me out of the water and on the backboard because from the time I fell, I was in and out of consciousness. I remember getting to the emergency room and talking to the doctors and nurses. I knew early on I had messed myself up pretty bad. I was 27 years old at the time of the accident, I wasn’t married, I’d been living my dream of being a wildfire firefighter, and now I was in the hospital with an uncertain future.

I remember the moment that I knew nothing in my life ever would again be the same.

When they asked me in the ER if I could feel my legs, and I couldn’t, I realized I’d probably never walk. But I forced that thought to the back of my mind and held out hope that the inevitable might not happen. Three days after I was admitted I had surgery, and after surgery I was told I had a T-12, L-1 incomplete spinal cord injury.


Today I’m paralyzed from the waist down, with a little movement in my legs. I can walk with leg braces, but they’re just not practical for daily living. The reality of how my life would have to change set in quickly, but I refused to think about it. I mentally wrote my injury off as a bad nightmare from which I surely would wake up. I thought about my life before the injury. I grew up on a farm, I loved being outdoors, and I really enjoyed sports, I’d gone to college and become a firefighter – now what was I going to do in a wheelchair?

I decided I’d rather be someone else besides me and somewhere else besides in a wheelchair.

I spent two weeks in rehab in Oregon, before flying back to my home in Tennessee. I was in rehab there for two months, and I developed a rare syndrome that complicated my recovery. I constantly threw up. While going through rehab and being in the hospital, I became very comfortable with other people with disabilities; but then I had to move back home with my parents.


That was a blow to me. I’d been independent since I went to college, I’d lived on my own, I’d fought fires in several states, and then I had to go home as a 27-year-old to be taken care of by my parents as though I was a child.

One of the downers associated with my becoming disabled was this sense of losing my independence.

18I had a very supportive family who demonstrated tough love by forcing me to go out into the community and making me go to the gym to work out, even when I didn’t want to go there. I did outpatient therapy for about 1-1/2 years to try and regain the mobility and the strength that I possibly had left. One day I woke up to the fact that I wasn’t really living my life. I was like a hamster on a wheel, going round and round but accomplishing nothing.

How Carly Discovered Adaptive Sports

I was injured on August 17, 2002. I got married and had a son in 2005. I had learned about adaptive sports, but they really weren’t on my radar screen.

I didn’t have any sports equipment and didn’t know what was available for people to participate in adaptive sports.

My sister talked me into competing in a triathlon. I borrowed some equipment, started training, competed and hoped that I might enjoy these sports. Before people had tried to get me into music, crafts and other types of in house activities, but I wasn’t interested.

Another friend encouraged me to compete in a 22-mile road race. I borrowed a hand cycle and finished in third place, although I hadn’t trained for the race. I became excited about road racing. I got my own hand cycle and trained hard. In 2009, I attended some training camps. I made the U.S. National Team for Para-Cycling and Para-Triathlon and traveled and  competed internationally, winning a silver medal at the ITU Para-Triathlon World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

I also competed in several para-cycling races in the Middle East for the U.S. National Para-Cycling Team. I was married and had my son, who today is 10. Later I had a daughter, who is 4 years old today. After I was divorced, I couldn’t take my children to cycling races. I couldn’t afford childcare to take care of them while I trained. With two children to raise, sports went by the wayside. But I knew I needed to get back into good physical condition.


A Spark of Hope Appears in a Friend

Carlyworks hard to build her strength for competition.

Carlyworks hard to build her strength for competition.

Then I met Eric Gray, the Director of Catalyst Sports, a non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities participate in non-mainstream sports, like rock climbing, kayaking and cycling. I went to the first clinic, a rock climbing one conducted in a gym with rock climbing walls 30’ to 50’ high.

A chapter of Catalyst was opened in Knoxville, my hometown, so I really got into rock climbing for exercise. I also wouldn’t have to be gone 2 hours a day training to compete as a cyclist. The gym allowed me to bring my children with me when I trained. To date, I’ve gone on one rock climbing adventure near Atlanta and want to do more climbing outdoors, but I haven’t found those opportunities yet.

Because I have a lower level spinal cord injury, I use the same type of harness, ropes, chalk and carabiners that other rock climbers use. I’m attached to a belay, and I compete in the seated category. I do all my climbing with my hands, arms and back muscles, which is much like doing a large number of one-handed pull-ups, alternating hands or going up a ladder, using only your hands, arms and back muscles.

In 2015, I won the USA Paraclimbing National Championship. I’ll compete again in July, 2016, to defend my title. The community of rock climbers has welcomed people with disabilities into the sport. They are extremely helpful, and we usually have a large contingency of volunteers who come to our climbing events and help us.


For me, rock climbing allows me to develop a strategy to overcome my body. Much like running, in rock climbing, you compete against yourself to better your time, go further faster and reach the top quicker. I have to overcome numbers of barriers that have the potential to defeat me. However, by reaching the top of the wall or the climb, I can look down and see how far I’ve come and the obstacles I’ve overcome to reach the top.

Promo: The Climb from Buck Kahler on Vimeo.

This climbing experience is a metaphor for life, because after a long struggle, we all need to look back at where we’ve come from and recognize what we’ve accomplished.

Climbing is also a sport I can do with my family, since both my children like to climb. A skill I’ve learned from climbing is to focus on the one thing I have to do to get from where I am to where I want to be. This byproduct of climbing has helped my son better focus on his school work.


How You Can Climb with Catalyst Sports

Had it not been for Ronny Dixon, I don’t believe that climbing ever would have been brought to the disability community. An amputee climber, he helped paraclimbing get started in 2012.

catalyst sports become inspired

I would encourage anyone with a disability to try and find a gym with a wall you can climb. You also can go to and the USA Climbing website to find the nearest gym with a climbing wall. A World’s Championship will be held in September, 2016, in Paris, France, and I’m training right now to hopefully qualify for that competition.

In 2011, Catalyst Sports opened the world of adaptive climbing to the Southeast. Since then, they have became the largest adaptive climbing program in the country working with over 800 unique climbers annually. They strive to provide the best experience to everyone with different abilities.

Catalyst Sports is a 501c3 non-profit organization, and has chapters across the Southeast. See all of their upcoming events at: individuals, both participants and volunteers, need to sign a waiver before participating.

Why Participate in the Ms. Wheelchair Pageant


Although I’ve never been a girly-girl, friends encouraged me for five years to participate in the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee pageant. I did some research and learned that the purpose of this pageant was to celebrate women in wheelchairs and give them an opportunity to become an advocate for people with disabilities. I entered with a platform of “Raising Awareness for Adaptive Sports and Recreation.”

I go to the Miss Wheelchair America competition in August, 2016, representing Tennessee. I want to help people with disabilities understand that sports and recreation can improve their quality of life, and there are organizations who will help find equipment they can use.

To learn more about Carly Pearson, go to

About the Author:John-E_-Phillips
For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than a decade; and wrote and sold more than 30 books. Learn more at

Recently Published


Meet Stanley + More Great Resources for Kids Who Cath

When you watch Stanley, a 15-month-old Bernedoodle, work with kids, ...


SAS: Campaigning for the Support of Adaptive Sports

Editor’s Note: Connie Cardenas grew up running, and even into early ...

daughter and senior man in wheelchair on walking green nature.

101 Mobility Chicago: Helping People Stay in Their Homes

Editor’s Note:  When a dear friend was diagnosed with Amyotrophic ...

A close up of the handbike athlete on the special bicycle asphalt track in Krylatskie Hills. Evening sunset above the road.

It’s Disability Awareness Month! Here’s What’s Happening Near You This October

In late summer of 1945, as World War II was coming to an end, ...

Oubounder 6x6 at lake

Go Off the Beaten Path with the Outbounder 6×6

Editor’s Note: After falling from a tree while hunting, Geoff ...

Photo by: Natalie Koziuk Photography (

Celebrate World Ostomy Day by Running, Walking, or Rolling for Resilience

Disability Awareness month is coming up and with so many great events ...


Causes for Change: Making a Difference at Home and Abroad

Editor’s Note:  As an infant, Zully JF Alvarado contracted polio, ...


Chris Lenart on Life With Cerebral Palsy and

Editor’s Note:  After a difficult childbirth in which both baby ...

Ms. Wheelchair America 2019

Ms. Wheelchair America: Empowering Women, Shaping Leaders

Editor’s Note:  Over three decades ago, Michigander Shelly Loose ...


The Story of Two Guys, a Wheelchair, and El Camino

What was simply meant to be two best friends hiking El Camino de ...


Edna Serrano is a Roll Model for Strong Latina Women

Below, Edna Serrano of the Rollettes shares her story of growing up ...


Pauline Victoria Shares Why She’s Creating a Media Outlet for the Disability Community

Editor’s Note:  While Pauline Victoria’s parents were preparing ...


Adaptive Events Happening This August

We have to face the facts…another summer is nearing its end. ...


Two SpeediCath Users Tell Wheel:Life Their Stories

When Wheel:Life learned that two Coloplast SpeediCath users would be ...

Young asian women pushing the elderly woman on wheelchair in garden,helping and support concept.

Air Travel as a Wheelchair User: What Should You Expect?  

After my injury twelve years ago, there were many things I had always ...


Freedom Concepts: Helping Kids Be Kids

Editor’s Note:  After complications at birth, Jacoby Zebinski was ...


Travel for All: Making Adventure a Reality for Joanne and Bill Hogan

  Editor’s Note: As the son of a military man and the daughter ...


The Chanda Plan Foundation:  Changing Lives Through Access to Integrative Therapy

Editor’s Note: When conventional medicine was failing quadriplegic ...


Founder of Life Rolls On Jesse Billauer Wants to Help You Catch a Wave

Editor’s Note:  Growing up in southern California, Jesse ...


Tecla: Fostering Independence Through Access to Technology

Editor’s Note:  While studying biomedical engineering in his home ...


New! A Pocket-Sized Cure Hydrophilic Kit Made for You

A new pocket-sized kit from Cure Medical is now available for people ...


Super Leg Joel Ellen on Faith and Fitness After Limb Loss

Editor’s Note:  When athlete and fitness fanatic Joel Ellen ...

cheerful boy with disability at rehabilitation center for kids with special needs

From Frustration to Innovation:  How Universal Vests is Changing Industry Standards

While studying physical therapy, the founders of Universal Vests ...


Comfort Conversations: Anyone Can Dance

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...


The Benefits of Your Child Getting Active with Adaptive Bike Riding

Parents of children living with disabilities:  Take a minute to ...

feeling freedom for disabled people

Our Top 5 Accessible Summer Vacation Destinations

It’s time to talk about summer vacation plans. If you like to have ...


A New Book Teaches Kids About the Life of a Service Dog

Editor’s Note:  As a single mom of a 7-year-old, Amy Sherwood was ...


Win a Trip to the Boston Abilities Expo

Have you always wanted to attend an Abilities Expo but you don’t ...


Wheel:Life and Comfort Medical Sponsor the Paradox Sports Adaptive Ice Climbing Trip

  Editor’s Note:  A little over a decade ago, a group of guys ...


Norah Self-Caths in Kindergarten, Thanks to this Free Resource

It’s a given that kids who cath want to be like their friends at ...

Senior man in wheelchair outside in nature

The Healing Powers of Grounding Therapy for Wheelchair Users

Editor’s Note:  Having grown up on a farm in rural Montana, Clint ...


Cruising the Planet with Amputee Debra Kerper

Editor’s Note: When a bone infection complicated by lupus took ...

Being prepared for college is one thing, being prepared for college dating is another!

The Online Dating Experience for the Disabled

Dating is hard. Dating is really hard. If you have a disability, ...


Inclusion, Adventure, and Therapy with Freedom Concepts

Editor’s Note: In 2014, Michigan residents Caroline Booth and Matt ...


Where Do You Want to Go?

Have you always dreamt of seeing the Aurora Borealis in Alaska? Or ...


TerrainHopper USA: Bringing Adventure and Freedom to People with Disabilities

Editor’s Note:  Born with osteogenesis imperfecta, Todd Lemay ...


Breaking Down Broadcasting Barriers with Paul Amadeus Lane

Editor’s Note: Growing up in Long Beach, California, Paul Amadeus ...


Zebreda Dunham Powers Through Challenges on the Pitch and in Life

Editor’s Note:  Born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, ...


Adaptive Aerial Yoga Allows Wheelchair Users to Fly

  Editor’s Note: Texas native Sara Schaffer has been ...


Sex, Love, and Disability:  Ben Duffy’s New Documentary Exposes It All

Filmmaker Ben Duffy and Ajani “AJ” Murray met while working on a ...

Hospice nurse giving medicine to senior man in wheelchair

Why Nurses Care About DEHP in Catheters, and You Should Too

Have you noticed a growing awareness to be conscious about eating ...


Amputee Bob Clausen Says If You Want Something Bad Enough, You Will Do It

Editor’s Note:  Widower and Navy veteran Rober “Bob” ...


The Ms. Wheelchair California Pageant: A Life-Changing Experience

As the Ms. Wheelchair California Leadership Institute, formerly known ...


Comfort Conversations: Support Systems Are Key After a Life-Altering Tragedy

Having key support systems after a life-altering injury is crucial. ...


Sheri Melander-Smith on Living Your Best Life

Editor’s Note:  Sheri Melander-Smith was born with a vascular ...


5 Extreme Activities to Add to Your Bucket List

Have you already tried all of the typical adaptive sports available ...


Reflections and Lessons Learned in 2017

We hope your 2017 was as enlightening and empowering as ours was here ...


Living with MS: One Family’s Solution to Enjoying Life Events Again

Dave was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999 and for the first ...


4 Tips to Help Teach Your Child About Self-Catheterization

At a certain age, kids will be the first to tell you that they want ...

waving happy young adult woman on wheelchair in the city in winter at sunset

Winter Weather Preparedness Tips for Wheelchair Users

Are you dreading this winter season? Dealing with slushy, icy, snowy, ...


Making Adaptive Climbing More Accessible with Arthur Torrey

Editor’s Note: When a tree-cutting accident in 2010 led to broken ...

woman on wheelchair entering the platform

Barbara Cramer – 75 Years of Defying Stereotypes

Editor’s Note:  An earlier version of this post may have left the ...


Serving the Spina Bifida Community with the SBAGNE

I serve as the executive director of the SBAGNE. One of my primary ...


Comfort Medical is Helping People to Achieve a Healthier and Happier Lifestyle

If you’re an avid Wheel:Life reader, you may remember that we ...


Advocating for Disability Rights with Stephanie Woodward and CDR

Editor’s Note: During a summer internship at the Center for ...


Building Strength and Confidence with Handi Capable Fitness

Editor’s Note: A botched hernia operation during infancy left James ...


Comfort Medical Sponsors Freedom Concepts to Help You Win An Adaptive Bike

Have you always dreamt of gliding down the street with the wind in ...


Experience It All At the Abilities Expo!

Days are becoming shorter, nights longer, and the holiday season is ...


ParaSportsLive: Bringing Adaptive Sports Coverage to the World

Editor’s Note:  When wheelchair user Tony Jackson’s original ...


Introducing the New Cure Ultra Coude Intermittent Catheter for Men

Cure Medical has unveiled the new 16-inch Cure Ultra® Coude ...


Get Ready for Rolling With Me’s Each By Name Conference

Wheel:Life, Comfort Medical, and Rolling With Me is excited to ...


Smooth Sailing with David Gaston

Editor’s Note:  A Texas coast native, David Gaston has been in and ...

Husband and handicapped wife taking stroll in park alley

Gain Traction This Fall with National Ramp

Summer is officially over and dreary winter weather is on its way. ...


Wheelchair Dancers Organization Says Everybody Can Dance!

When life-long dancer Beverly Weurding was diagnosed with limb-girdle ...


Pursuing Health and Happiness with Malaise Wheelchair Fitness

Editor’s Note: Justin Malaise grew up in small-town Wisconsin as a ...


Former Ms. Wheelchair Illinois Continues to be a Voice for the Community

Editor’s Note: Born with spina bifida, Kim Brown has been a ...


Dare to Discover the World of Accessible Travel With Handiscover

Editor’s Note: Sebastien Archambeaud has always loved traveling, so ...


Made for Kids! The Pediatric Hydrophilic Cure Catheter + Free Backpack Program

Parents only want what’s best for their children and keeping them ...


Wheeling, Driving, Bowling, Preaching, Parenting…Johnny Hudson Does It All Hands-free!

Editor’s Note: Johnny Hudson was born in 1977 with unforeseen ...

Pat Dougherty explains FreeWheel to a new fan at a recent Abilities Expo.

The Abilities Expo is Coming To Boston!

Boston awaits with open arms. This September 8–10, head over to the ...


Comfort Conversations: Change Starts with You – Becoming an Advocate

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

» Blazing the Trail Towards an Accessible World  

Editor’s Note: After sustaining severe burns during a car accident ...


The Artfully Gifted Foundation – Serving Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Editor’s Note: The Artfully Gifted Foundation (a non-profit) was ...


How the SCRS-IL Can Help You Live Independently

Editor’s Note: When triple degree holder Jose Gonzalez returned ...


Peter Arballo Never Gave Up on Himself — Neither Should You

Editor’s Note: Peter Arballo was born in Southern California to ...


Full Speed Ahead with Endurance Racer Michael Johnson

Editor’s Note: Michael Johnson of Lansing, Michigan, started racing ...


The Extraordinary Life of Triple Amputee Monica Vickers

Editor’s Note: Monica Vickers was born in 1954 missing both legs ...


Rick Hayden Rolls on Capitol Hill for Your Rights

When Rick Hayden visited the US Capitol last week, he went with your ...


Gear Up for Abilities Expo Chicago

Calling all Midwesterners — Abilities Expo is coming to Chicago! As ...


Run, Jump, and Throw Stuff with Angel City Sports

Editor’s Note: Clayton Frech is the CEO and founder of Los ...


Sled Hockey with Coach Koz

Editor’s Note: Sled hockey (also known as sledge hockey) is almost ...

Summer Solutions with STYLEDWEL

Summer Solutions with STYLEDWEL

Editor’s Note: Mary Marshall, founder of STYLEDWEL, created ...


Following Your Inner Guidance with Kristina Rhoades and How National Ramp is Helping Her Do It

Editor’s Note: Kristina Rhoades is a mom, wife, speaker, writer, ...

men who use wheelchairs

Comfort Conversations: Finding Encouragement Through Peer Support Groups

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...


Allen Beauchamp on Life, Love and Hockey

My name is Allen Beauchamp, and I’m 43 years old. I live in a ...


Yoocan Get Empowered!

Editor’s Note: Inspired by a family member with disabilities, Moshe ...


Introducing the Cure Ultra: Ready to Use Catheter for Men

Cure Medical has unveiled the new 16-inch Cure Ultra™ Intermittent ...


Refuel and Rejuvenate At Abilities Expo New York Metro

East coasters, or anyone within striking distance, gear up for ...


Criptaedo: Breaking Boards and Barriers

Editor’s note: Paul Brailer, aka Criptaedo, was born with spina ...


Rolling Forward with Amputee Advocate Stella Sieber

I’m currently 63 years old and live in Durham, North Carolina. ...


Stroke by Stroke: Moving Forward with Mallory Weggemann

Editor’s Note: At 18 years old, Mallory Weggemann walked into the ...

Margarita Cover Photo

Comfort Conversations: Finding Your New Normal After a Spinal Cord injury

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...


Glenn Moscoso: Wheelchair Daddy

Editor’s note:  Glenn Moscoso is a husband and father living with ...


Avoiding Slippery Slopes with Garth Walker and National Ramp

Editor’s Note: After selling his prior business, Garth Walker went ...


The National Sports Center for the Disabled: Finding Self-Confidence through Personal Challenge

Editor’s Note: The National Sports Center for the Disabled, founded ...


Wheeling around the World with Susie Twydell

Editor’s Note: Based in England, Susie Twydell, an avid traveler ...

Wheelchair walk

Amplitude Media Group: Closing the Information Gap

Wheel:Life is thrilled to announce their newest community partner, ...


Accessible Hiking, Camping and Fishing? WOW!  

Editor’s Note: Wilderness on Wheels (WOW) is a foundation and a ...


Comfort Conversations: Events, Free Packs, and More with James “Woody” Beckham

Editor’s Note: The Woody Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ...


Jenn Sexton Shares Her Secret for Independence: An Extra Long Cure Catheter

Jenn Sexton was five weeks pregnant when she and her husband, Thomas, ...


Glen Schlotterbeck: Reinvent Yourself!

Editors note: As a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Glen ...


Educate, Energize, and Enlighten at Abilities Expo Los Angeles

The Abilities Expo is back in Los Angeles and gearing up to show you ...


Juan Sebastian Betancourt: Changing the Way Businesses Serve People with Disabilities

Editor’s Note: Juan Betancourt is on a path to change the world for ...


AccessibleIndonesia: Making Travel Accessible in a Non-Accessible Country

Editor’s note: Kerstin Beise, a German physiotherapist, who also ...


A Lesson on Living Life to the Fullest with Hydred Makabali

Editor’s note: Hydred Makabali, born and raised in England and now ...

Up/Down Team Champions (Top L to R) Shane Hayden, Harold Collins (Seated L to R) Gary Bowling, Kenneth Hill, and Don Law

Knocking Down The Pins of Life with Wheelchair Bowling Champion Kenneth Hill

Editor’s Note: Fifty-year-old Kenneth Hill from Plainfield, ...


Take Your Wings and Fly with Denise Horn

Editor’s Note: Fifty-six-year-old Denise Horn of Janesville, ...


Ashley Hutson Wilson Beat a Small Chance of Survival to Live a Full Life

Editor’s Note: Thirty-one year old Ashley Hutson Wilson from Kyle, ...


Jam with Mel Bergman: Creator of Wheely Guitars

Editor’s Note: Mel Bergman of Camarillo, California, is the ...


Gary “Tiger” Balletto: Champion Prize Fighter Who Rolls with the Punches

Editor’s Note: You can capture a ferocious wild tiger and put him ...

9 Robby Heisner

Meet Robby Heisner: Creative Entrepreneur on Wheels

Editor’s Note: Robby Heisner of Smyrna, Georgia ...

Joseph Logar1

The National Rifle Association’s Adaptive Shooting Program with Dr. Joseph Logar

Dr. Joseph Logar Editor’s Note: Dr. Joseph Logar has his doctorate ...


The Rollettes Take On an E.P.I.C. Project to Empower Others

Editor’s Note: Chances are, you’ve seen these ladies ...


Speak Up Now to Save Your Wheelchair: Fight Medicare Cuts

Your window is narrowing to preserve access to mobility equipment – ...

engineered for adventure GRIT

Go Further Together with GRIT: Stories of Community Support

Our friends at GRIT, the makers of the revolutionary Freedom Chair, ...


Paralyzed Veteran’s Mom Awarded Dream Trip by ElDorado Mobility

Editor’s Note: Serving our country as a military service member is ...

4Kenneth Perry

Wheelchair Karate: Attack the Attacker with Kenneth Perry

Editor’s Note: Kenneth Perry from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ...

5 Tom Cannalonga

Ditch Your Chair to Sit-Ski the Slopes with Tom Cannalonga 

Editor’s Note: Fifty-two-year-old Tom Cannalonga lives in Edison, ...


Welcome to Wheel:Life

We are so glad you’re here! Wheel:Life is a global initiative ...

%d bloggers like this: