WASHINGTON, D.C., April 10, 2013—The cherry blossoms were in bloom, the temperature was in the seventies, and Taylor Morris took off for a 45-minute ride through Rock Creek Park, leaving the group of guys in dress clothes and shoes following him in the dirt, so to speak. The occasion last Monday was the presentation of a new all-terrain Extreme 4 x 4 wheelchair, courtesy of Angola, Ind., manufacturer Innovation In Motion. IIM is a contracted vendor of U.S. Rehab, VGM Group, Inc.’s complex rehab division.
Taylor, a Cedar Falls, Iowa native, suffered horrific injuries May 3, 2012, in Afghanistan. As a Navy explosive ordinance disposal expert, he lost both legs, his left arm from the bicep down and his right hand when a bomb exploded. His miraculous survival, amazing rehabilitation and strong and loving relationship with Danielle Kelly have received worldwide attention. Well-maintained social media sites have enabled thousands to share in the couple’s daily journey and his recovery.
Innovation in Motion specializes in chairs that allow individuals to traverse rugged terrain. “Taylor is one of those outstanding, inspirational people who could benefit from our product,” company President Rick Michael said. “He is inspiring others to reach their potential like he has done.” Michael called Taylor and Danielle “the dynamic duo. Their relationship is inspiring.”
Also attending the event was Congressman Bruce Braley, who said “Taylor has shown us time and time again that no challenge is too big for him to overcome. His tenacity and perseverance, along with the love and support of his family and friends, has led him to an incredible recovery. Today is just another step in the right direction. Thanks to VGM and U.S. Rehab, Taylor can get back outside and do the things he loves with his family and friends on his new all-terrain wheelchair.”
The Walter Reed Medical Center grounds didn’t offer enough challenges, but a trip to Rock Creek Park did. “I’m going to see how close I can get to that creek,” Taylor said. “This will definitely expand the activities’ list. This won’t get the easy road. I’ll go hunting and bring the catch of the day out of the woods. If it’s not dirty, you’re not using it.” Visit online at www.vgm.com. Also go to www.mobility-usa.com.