Georgia State Parks Now Offer All-Terrain Wheelchairs to Make the Outdoors More Accessible to Everyone – 95.5 WSB

“Aimee has been working on this for a few years now actually.”

Aimee… is Aimee Copeland. At the time, a very active twenties who so often climbed, hiked and ran. But the then University of Georgia psychology student’s life changed dramatically in 2012, when he was 24 years old. A zipline accident led to a diagnosis of necrotizing fasciitis – a flesh-eating bacterial infection. From there, amputations of both hands, of the right foot and of the left leg.

Since her life-changing “new situation,” as she calls it, she has dedicated herself to not only getting back to living as active a life as possible, but helping others like herself.

She did this through the work of the Aimee Copeland Foundation. Now, the group’s latest effort is a partnership with Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. High-mobility, all-terrain wheelchairs are available free of charge at 10 Georgia parks, historic sites, and one wildlife center.

“His foundation’s initiative is to ensure that people with physical challenges can still enjoy outdoor recreation,” Kim Hatcher, public affairs coordinator for Georgia Parks and Historic Sites, told WSB Radio. .

“It’s a wonderful thing for us to be able to provide people with muscular dystrophy or spinal cord injury. We’re so excited to be able to partner with (Copeland) and open more Georgia State Parks to everybody.

There was a public wheelchair unveiling Friday morning at Panola Mountain State Park – southeast of Atlanta.

The first reviews from those who have used the all-terrain wheelchairs? A big boost.

“People who had never used them before had the opportunity to try them, and it was really, really rewarding to see people’s faces when they had to go down very steep hills, and over small branches and places they couldn’t go in a regular wheelchair,” says Hatcher.

The chairs are free to use, but prior reservation is required.

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