Posted on July 19, 2017
Thank you all for continuing to support Otto in his recovery. Recently we made some new friends locally, Kim & Mike Zilm, and they were nice enough to let Otto try Kim's Segway. I have to report, the smile on Otto's face is always a good one, but this one was the biggest I've seen in a long time! After much research and discussion, we have concluded this is a game changer and way more practical than a power chair for getting outdoors to tough to reach places. Otto's number one goal is to walk again, but this will at least provide a means to do things he can't do in just a regular chair until that magical day happens.
List of expenses - Used Segway $1500 + shipping - new Batteries $1500 - Tow hitch and carrier $600 - Special Lean Low Seat - $400 - Special Tires and rims for all terrain use $400
If you haven't donated this year or would love to see him Segwaying around, please consider another donation. Every little bit helps and this is way more exciting than a donation to help with boring medical expenses, although those are very helpful too.
Another thing we are very excited about is, Otto will be visiting the Neural Stem Cell Institute in Rensselaer, NY on July 28th. We have made friends with Dr. Sally Temple, the Institute's Director. Dr. Temple is also the President of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. We are honored to get the tour and learn about new exciting research. There are no medical miracles yet for spinal cord injury repair using the proper stem cells, but they are close. The FDA needs to get their butt in gear to approve testing of techniques on humans that have succeeded on mice many moons ago. This will be uplifting to see such amazing people working tirelessly to change peoples lives for the better. We plan to continue to stay on the cusp of whatever is new. Thank you Dr. Temple.
We are also looking forward to a possible visit by Ken Bryant in September. He is the gentleman who helped restore some of Otto's control of his hip flexors and had Otto standing in 3 days. We are hoping that other spinal cord injury folks will be able to join us so they can take advantage of Ken's gift. If any of you know someone with a spinal cord injury that might be willing to trust in Ken's ability, please have them email me at [email protected]
Special thanks again to Kim and Mike Zilm for spending time with us with the Segway, and also for your support and guidance.
Team Otto is eternally grateful for all of your support.