A Medford-based nonprofit is bringing its all-terrain power wheelchairs to the Brookings and Crescent City areas this weekend.
David’s Chair has three outdoor track chairs — two for adults and one that’s child-size — capable of going on a sandy beach or up a hiking trail, said Nisha Mora, a member of the organization’s board. The nonprofit will be at Harris Beach on July 21 and will also be scouting out new places in Del Norte County including Trees of Mystery and the Stout Grove and Walker Road areas of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Mora said.
The chairs will be available at no cost to those with limited mobility for two hour time slots on July 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 1 to 3 p.m.; and 3 to 5 p.m., according to Mora.
“The goal is to get as many people with limited mobility issues, whether they have ALS or if they have muscular dystrophy or other limited mobility issues, getting them to the beach, getting them hiking,” Mora said. “Some of the trips we take in winter (is) to the snow. And they’re working on doing bird hunts for different people with the Oregon Hunting Association.”
David’s Chair is named for David Hartrick, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS, Mora said.
According to the David’s Chair website, Hartrick loved hunting, fishing and being outdoors. In May 2017, his friends raised the money to purchase a wheelchair that would allow him to do those things, Mora said. Before he passed, Hartrick encouraged his friends to use his chair to help others, Mora said.
Since then, the David’s Chair organization has used a $25,000 Arthur Dubs grant to purchase a new adult-size all-terrain chair and buy accessories for the chair it already has, she said.
“These are chairs that allow people to stand up and sit down and it has a tilt option (for) better control,” Mora said. “It’s literally like a mini tank going over things, they’re pretty awesome.”
According to Mora, in addition to being in the Brookings and Crescent City areas on July 21, they are also available for other trips. They’ll also deliver the chair to the person who needs it, she said.
Mora noted that although the chairs are available to those who need them at no cost, donations are appreciated. She said a recent fundraiser generated $38,000 to help pay for gas to bring the chairs to those who need it.
For more information about David’s Chair, visit www.davidschair.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org .