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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Help save the IBOT Wheelchair


Eddie in his IBOT at Marine Ball
For the first time since 1967, Eddie Beesley can sit in his wheelchair and look you in the eye.

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 picture from the Marine Ball is taken from Dispatches, the official MWSA - Military Writers Society of America - December 2010 magazine. See http://www.militarywriters.com/.

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.

Help save the iBOT - sign the petition

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    America's Huey 091 Foundation

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