Bruce and Dianne Sachs, both polio survivors, are active Amigo owners. They serve on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Polio Network, of which Bruce is Chairman. They are cofacilitators of the Southeast Michigan Post-Polio Support Group. They also volunteer as greeters at a Post-Polio Clinic located in Warren, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.
Of all the work they do surrounding polio support groups, one of their most cherished events is attending the Post-Polio Wellness Retreat at Bay Cliff Health Camp. The Sachs have attended this retreat every year since 2006. The retreat focuses on improving health and quality of life for polio survivors in a fun and educational way.
Bay Cliff started in 1934 as a summer camp for children with special needs to promote health, wellness, education and youth development. Beginning in the 1940s, the camp began offering programs that were tailored for polio survivors. Today, Bay Cliff offers a large number of programs for both children and adults with special needs.
It was during Bruce’s college years attending Northern Michigan University that he first learned about Bay Cliff. His fraternity along with a sorority spent a Saturday cleaning up the camp to help prepare for the summer programs.
This experience may have jump-started a life dedicated to supporting and helping others. After college Bruce became a teacher. He taught for 42 years in Livonia, Michigan, retiring in 2003. Not far into his retirement in 2004, Bruce was recruited to the Michigan Polio Network Board of Directors. In 2006, he was elected Chairman.
Now, as the Michigan Polio Network merges into the National Post-Polio Health Network, Bruce and Dianne are excited to continue to explore all that the Bay Cliff Post-Polio Retreat has to offer. And, have no fear, their Amigo RT Expresses have handled all the trails very well. While most of the paths at Bay Cliff are blacktop, the nature trails are hard-packed sand. Their Amigos have had no problems climbing the trail to the highest point in Marquette County.
“I found what works for me,” Bruce says. “I had difficulties with other brands making it up the trails. The Amigos never let us down.”
Bruce uses a black RT Express and Dianne uses a red one. They both use the ROHO cushions for extra support. Dianne likes her Amigo so much that she recommended one to her twin sister who is also a polio survivor. She recently purchased an Amigo RD.
When you find what works for you, adventure awaits.