- holdsGender: Male
- Condition: Spinal Cord Injury T4
- Prior device before: Manual Chair
- Main use: Work, home, social events
What’s your story?
In 2008, I was riding one of my motorcycles when I was forced from my lane while exiting. My bike hit the center divider, throwing me over the handlebars onto the pavement. My bike landed on my chest and I endured a major spinal cord injury.
In the weeks that followed my injury, I was told that I would never walk again. I always maintained a “Never Give Up, Never Quit” attitude, so I promised myself that I would do anything to see that this “disability” had the most minimal effect on anything I chose to do. I found a way to continue living a happy and independent life—better than I ever had before! I started Endless Ability Enterprises and offer peer support for newly injured people who can use some motivation, inspiration, and knowledge of life after injury.
Why did you choose Model M?
I like to go out and be active, so I often find myself at different establishments around town or at a friend’s house. I love that the Model M is big on function but extremely small in size compared to other power chairs on the market today. Its size and weight, plus its four accessible tie-down points make it easy to secure in your mobility vehicle. If I can secure it to the sidecar of my motorcycle then you better believe that it will fit in pretty much any wheelchair accessible van, SUV, or truck without a problem.
What do you like about Model M?
The easy to lift arms have to be one of my favorite features of the of the Model M. I love that I can lift them out of the way for transferring to a chair, sofa and shower, or for when I want to get up a little closer at the dinner table. WHILL has really created something great with this wheelchair, and it is something I highly recommend for all my wheelchair user friends!
How has WHILL impacted your life?
WHILL Model M has been a lifesaver to my independence. I have been able to do so much more at work, in the office, and at home in my daily routine. Tasks that used to require me asking others for assistance are a thing of the past. I can now carry a box or basket of laundry on my lap and with a single finger, I can move effortlessly throughout my home while still holding onto the item securely. The Model M’s power settings allow me to choose its speed—fast when I need to travel long distances and slower for when I maneuver through a hallway or bathroom. The Model M recharges incredibly quick and holds a charge for up to 15 miles and comes with an easy-to-read battery gauge; leaving me confident I won’t be stuck somewhere while using it.
Note: Antonio had an extensive test drive with a demo unit. Red side panels shown in the photos are personalized by Antonio and not an option.