Cam, a six-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, is about to take his new power wheelchair for a ride–for the first time.
Independence. That’s the name of the game for Cam’s mom, Tracy. When Cam was seven months old he suffered a brain injury (and did a few months of rehab at Crotched Mountain’s Specialty Hospital) and nearly passed away.
“He came home about a week after his rehab for good,” Tracy says. “And ever since then it’s been a huge learning experience for all of us. It’s been a long road of a lot of therapies and working with the school. It teaches you a lot about life, about what’s really important.”
Cam is a bright, happy kid with a killer smile and he loves the same things all six year-olds like: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, listening to music, and chasing each other around the playground.
And on June 28, at ATECH Services in Concord, Cam and Tracy and a cadre of therapists, technicians, and support staff gathered to witness a big step in his young life. It was there where Cam was fitted for his brand new power wheelchair–his first one ever–and given the green-light to speed test it around the ATECH meeting room.
The padding was adjusted. The seatbelts were fastened. The chair was charged. And one small hand was placed over a joystick.