Film-maker Caspar Ryan, who has inflexible joints caused by his body not fully accepting a life-saving bone marrow transplant, needed to carry heavy video equipment. Being a videographer, Caspar has to carry a lot of equipment.
Randy McLean, 15-year-old Paralympic swimmer; contacted Tetra Vernon Coordinator, Randy Schellenberg, for a device to brush and shave both at home and when travelling for competitions.
Tetra Prince George Chapter coordinator Nadine Lindstrom was initially contacted by Bobby Tom, 65, who has been legally blind since he was injured falling from a moving pick-up truck as a young man. Living by himself, Bobby needed help operating a microwave.
The elevated chair was built for a woman born without arms, who uses her feet for all household tasks, who wanted a chair that raises to the height of a bar stool so she can access counter tops, the stove and microwave with her feet.
Our Hamilton-Halton chapter has made the game of boccia more accessible for youngsters with high-level disabilities.
Our Columbus Tetra volunteer, Russ Weir, devised a safe and secure seat that can be turned or tilted as needed so mom Jessica Evans can face her son Hudson, turn him to look forwards to enjoy the view of parks and trails, or even tilt the seat backwards when he needs a nap.
Contributions can come in the form of time, talent or treasure. Regina chapter volunteer Gerry Wurtak was asked to create a bike trailer for two-year-old Phalyn Schnieder, who has no muscle function due to mitochondrial disease.
Jessica’s challenge was caring for her son, six-month old Remy. “It’s not that motherhood was my lifetime dream, but I would have been shocked and dismayed if I’d not been able to have children,” she said.
Patty needed a gadget to move things around in her apartment; that she could handle food in the kitchen, use in front of her TV or take out onto her patio with a coffee.
Tetra was contacted by the parents of a 16 year-old with cerebral palsy, who had limited hand function to hold his cell phone. Our remarkable Calgary chapter volunteer, Bill Caswell designed a simple and practical phone holder customized to the needs of the client.
In 2016, six–year-old Rowan Rader diagnosed with cerebral palsy wanted to walk around independently and play soccer with his friends. However, children’s walkers on the market did not give him the ability to do so.
Cody has been creating vibrant artworks for more than 30 years. However, it was difficult to mix colours for fine and detailed work, particularly when painting the faces.
Brian travels Canada and the US to compete in sitting shotput, javelin and discus – his sporting outlet, post-injury. “I’m always left with regular rooms. I wanted a shower chair designed that I could easily set up wherever I found myself staying.”