Notes from a Father
What the Segway has done for Andy
Honorary Ambassador for Easter Seals
Andy was ES Rider’s first Segway recipient. The Segway has given him more freedom, a better state of mental health, and more physical movement.
Andy was born with Spina Bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down. He has worked hard to learn to walk with crutches and a lower body brace. The Segway gave him a chance to do things he would not be able to do with his crutches.
When we went to Hannaford’s or The Mall of New Hampshire, he could look around for his own clothes, move at his own pace, and keep up with everyone else – maybe even go a little faster! Andy did a fundraiser called the Turkey Trot with his friends at school, and he likes being involved in school activities. His self-esteem was 100% better and his braces were hidden. He was also at Church on Good Friday and rode his Segway from St. Jean’s to St. Patrick’s with snow covered sidewalks and construction as obstacles.
Andy really liked being in control of his movements and his determination allowed him to do a lot more. By standing up on his Segway, it helped his circulation and his leg muscles were getting stronger. He had movement at the ankles and toes. At the same time, standing helped his heart, bladder, and kidneys. Andy enjoyed the freedom from his Segway for six years.
Today, unfortunately, Andy’s legs are too weak to ride the Segway. ES Riders designated Andy as the first recipient of our new Scooter Program. He received his scooter, and we hope Andy will enjoy many years of continued mobility with his new scooter.
ANDY MARTIN OUR FIRST ES RIDER TODAY. A FINE CARING YOUNG MAN WHO LEADS BY EXAMPLE.