TEAM BRETT

TEAM BRETT

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Challenge: Transferring between his handcycle and wheelchair

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Meet Brett:

Brett Clingan spent 18 years in the Army and visited 15 countries, including serving as a Black Hawk helicopter mechanic in Korea and a maintenance first sergeant in Iraq.

Like 3 of his siblings, Brett suffers from adult-onset Leukodystrophy with Ataxia, a disease that first stole his balance, then his ability to walk, and then his ability to stand.

Brett hasn’t let that hold him back. He loves to handcycle and used to compete, but now due to the progression of the disease, it is very difficult for him to transfer himself from his wheelchair to his handcycle on his own. He is looking for a solution that would allow him to independently get into his handcycle and back out again so that he can get back to riding three days a week with his daughter, son and wife.

Meet the Team:

Logan White (Invacare), Brett Clingan (Veteran participant), Samantha Mingle (Invacare), Pegah Zarandi (Invacare), Shan Blake (Invacare), Nathan Kolli (Invacare), Jeremy Culmer (Invacare), Jessica Padilla (Cleveland State University)

Logan White (Invacare), Brett Clingan (Veteran participant), Samantha Mingle (Invacare), Pegah Zarandi (Invacare), Shan Blake (Invacare), Nathan Kolli (Invacare), Jeremy Culmer (Invacare), Jessica Padilla (Cleveland State University)

The Solution: Motorized transfer lift

Hitching to the back of Brett’s van, the motorized lift allows him to use a remote control to lift himself out of his wheelchair and down into his handcycle, as well as back into his wheelchair.