|Eddie in his IBOT at Marine Ball|
Eddie is a friend of mine. He's also a Marine and a Vietnam veteran who lost both legs when he stepped on a land mine in Vietnam in 1967. In 2010, Tony Orlando raised money to provide Eddie with a new IBOT wheelchair. The IBOT was designed by Dean Kamen, founder of Segway, for Johnson and Johnson. The innovative mobility device uses gyroscopic technology and enables the user to negotiate stairs, raise the chair to standing height and balances on two wheels.
Johnson and Johnson discontinued manufacturing the chair when Medicare refused funding. The following website is an appeal to vote for the continued manufacture of the IBOT. With enough signatures, the goal is to draw investment from corporations.
|Eddie hugs IBOT creator|
The other picture is when Eddie meets chair designer Dean Kamen - Dean has his back to camera - also at the 2010 Marine Birthday Ball in Branson, Missouri.
For more information on Eddie, read his book Lucky Enough (http://www.luckyenoughthebook/).
Please click on the logo below to vote.