According to a recent Convaid news release, the Torrance, Calif-based company will be donating a new Cruiser Wheelchair to Brittni Young, aged 21 years old, and her family. The company notes that after meeting Young and her family during their time volunteering at the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) games, it was apparent that her current wheelchair was not the correct size to fit her needs. The Cruiser Wheelchair will replace the chair that Young has outgrown, as well as allow Young and her family to continue volunteering. Convaid reports that the Cruiser provides a 30-degree fixed tilt to accommodate users who require increased upper body positioning.
Young’s mother, Kathy Young-Robinson calls the donation a “blessing” for her daughter. At age one, Young reportedly suffered a stroke and was shortly diagnosed with Leigh’s Syndrome. The disease does not keep Young from participating in the activities she loves such as choir, volunteering and giving back to the community. “My family has been volunteering at the SOSC a few years after Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded it in Los Angeles. Brittni has been volunteering with us since she was just 3 years old. She loves it!,” Young-Robinson says.
Gina Reed, Convaid marketing manager, adds that Young and her family’s efforts to give back to the special needs community inspired the company, “to reciprocate their kindness and give Brittni something that she really needs in order for her to continue helping all the organizations she volunteers for.”
The lightweight Cruise Wheelchair allows the family easy transport for quick errands including runs to the store, mall, doctor appointments, and hair appointments. The product folds down, so it “doesn’t take up much space in the trunk of our car,” Young-Robinson says.