Keep Rolling Forward

Friendly Wheels, Issue 97
March 2016

With Alter Ur Ego founder Heidi McKenzie

Look good and feel even better!


9cf4cce1-54a6-4ded-9e57-4eb9e34f2d4d.jpgLife's journey is full of twists and turns that can lead us to unexpected opportunities. Heidi Mckenzie is no stranger to facing life's changes. In one swift moment, Heidi's life changed forever, setting her on a new course.


In 2007, Heidi was in a car accident that left her paralyzed from the chest down at 21 years old. "My first challenge was accepting that I would be in a wheelchair and learning to find new ways to do my everyday activities," Heidi said. 


Heidi's disability creates challenges, but she has used her own experience as motivation to become and advocated for the disabled community.  

a04f627e-515a-4b30-9813-b07b45235d04.pngHer newest venture, Alter Ur Ego, provides clothing specifically designed for people with disabilities. Alter Ur Ego sells jeans that are comfortable, fashionable and accessible with features better designed for people with mobility challenges. The pants have special pockets on the thighs for easy access, a high back waistline so everything is covered when bending over, an elastic back with straps for ease of dressing, customized length options, tummy control panel and a catheter opening for women.   


The idea of Alter Ur Ego came to Heidi while she was competing in Ms. Wheelchair America 2013, just one year after winning Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky. "I met 20 other girls in wheelchairs and realized that we all had trouble finding fashionable and functional clothing," said Heidi.



When she's not working on Alter Ur Ego, Heidi is involved in other disability organizations, such as Build Inclusion, Inc. and the Kentucky Congress on Spinal Cord Injury (KCSCI). Heidi also volunteers as a peer mentor at the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, where she speaks to recently injured spinal cord patients. 


Heidi's contributions towards people with disabilities are innovative and thoughtful. We are excited to see what's next from Alter Ur Ego!


Note: Though the Alter Ur Ego website shows only preorders available, we contacted them and they ensured us that orders will ship the week after they are placed. For more information, please click here to contact Alter Ur Ego



News Flash

Supporting Families in Many Helpful Ways

Supporting Families in Many Helpful Ways

Friendly Wheels, Issue 123

August 2018


Amigo owners often share inspiring stories. From overcoming a mobility challenge to figuring out innovative ways to go to new places to helping people in their communities, the experiences they share never cease to amaze us.

In this edition of Friendly Wheels, we get to meet Shannon DeWall, JD, an attorney, wife, mother and community volunteer in metro Detroit. Learn more about her story below.

A Family's Story of Reclaiming Hope

A Family's Story of Reclaiming Hope

Friendly Wheels, Issue 122

July 2018

In a time of crisis, it may be reassuring to know that there is another family that's experienced a similar situation: the Shepherds. James Shepherd and his mother founded the Shepherd Center, a not-for-profit hospital located in Atlanta, Georgia specializing spinal cord injury rehabilitation, in 1975 in response to an accident James endured as a young man. Learn more about his family's inspiring story.

This Amigo Owner Adds a Little Magic

This Amigo Owner Adds a Little Magic

Friendly Wheels, Issue 121

June 2018

Carrie Rostollan, a longtime member of the Amigo family, recently visited our Bridgeport facility for the Amigo Mobility Center open house. She shared with us some of her upcoming summer plans and entertained us with her magic tricks! Discover more about Carrie's 'magical' adventures.

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