Find A Way

Friendly Wheels, Issue 101
July 2016

With Amigo owner Tim Brown of the Michigan Polio Network

For the past 20 years, Tim Brown has witnessed the growing impact of the Michigan Polio Network (MPN).

 

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Since its inception in 1985, the MPN has helped countless polio survivors better understand and live with post-polio syndrome (PPS), a condition reflecting the late effects of polio on polio survivors. As a polio survivor himself, Tim now dedicates many of his retirement hours to volunteer efforts with the organization.

 

"I've been involved with the MPN for 20 years now, first simply as a member and later on the board of directors. It's given me the opportunity to utilize the skills and experiences I've learned over my lifetime," Tim said. From a young age, Tim's experiences managing the effects of polio have helped him become a supporter and advocate for others.

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Tim was diagnosed with polio at age five, which resulted in paralysis and eventually led to him learning to walk again. Through therapy, treatment and hard work, he regained most of the abilities lost to polio but still faced minor physical limitations along the way. He used his early battle with polio as motivation to never let these limitations stop him. "As did most polio survivors, I always managed to find a way to get it done," Tim recalls.

 

After living his life with the belief that he had overcome polio, Tim started exhibiting symptoms of post-polio syndrome (PPS) in his mid-40's that again affected his mobility. Similar to many who were beginning to experience PPS, Tim did not understand what was happening to him. 

 

"Back in the day, we didn't have the internet to quickly look up information on the effects of polio," Tim said. Fortunately he was able to gather the information he needed by reaching out to the MPN, which had been founded several years before his PPS symptoms appeared. Tim then became a member and has been involved ever since.

 

Today the MPN serves nearly 600 members, not only in Michigan but also across the country, as some of its members have relocated. As of today, Tim holds positions as the Michigan Polio Network's vice chairman and treasurer. 

 

Tim also joins four others as a co-facilitator of the Southeast Michigan Post-Polio Support Group, which holds monthly meetings in Troy for polio survivors and interested parties. The group provides information on polio and PPS, and typically features guest speakers, including mobility specialists from Amigo. "What I enjoy the most about the MPN is the opportunity to help other polio survivors enhance their lifestyle and manage their limitations," Tim said.

 

The network has also recently begun a community partnership with the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) to increase awareness of polio and PPS among medical students. "A large issue today is that many doctors and health service providers don't know much about polio," Tim said. "This partnership with OUWB will give us an opportunity to spread awareness of post-polio issues among the medical community."

 

We are very grateful to have Tim in the Amigo family and we admire his passion to increase polio awareness! If you are interested in learning more about the Michigan Polio Network, click here. 

 

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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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