While many of us spend July going to exotic locations, enjoying the hottest summer month at the pool and lots of outdoor BBQs, the Children and Adult Mobility Project (C.A.M.P.) decided instead to hit the road instead on a different kind of journey. Beginning early June in Simsbury, Connecticut the two-man team began their travels to 23 cities across the country for a total of 6,000 miles, their most western location being Portland, Oregon. On the return trip they will visit several northern cities as they head back east. They are traveling by RV to raise awareness of the mobility and health challenges our injured soldiers face. They bring with them several demonstration trikes so people may try out the equipment and experience a new form of mobility and exercise a recumbent trike brings.
The real focus of this project is for the soldiers who have returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan with disabilities that present challenges to their mobility. These devices provide not only mobility and exercise for the challenged service member but also allow them to participate with their family and friends in everyday things that otherwise would not be possible. To track the progress of this unique and worthy effort, you can check out their Facebook page at:
The team was recently on the news during their stop in Overland Park, Kansas where a soldier shares how the trike will change his life. Click the link below for a full recap of the news clip:
A little history…
“Founded in 2006, C.A.M.P. began with its Military Ambulation Project, a program to rehabilitate severely injured soldiers with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries arriving from Iraq and Afghanistan. Using state-of-the-art physical therapy equipment, the Secure Ambulation Module (S.A.M.) was developed at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. This innovative treatment program was successfully used at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and the Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital in Chicago, IL, giving patients the ability to stand and walk at a much earlier stage of their physical rehabilitation treatment.
Working with a variety of people with disabilities over the years, the team at C.A.M.P. found that the lessons learned working with NASA and injured war veterans could also be successfully applied to children and adults with disabilities in the civilian sector. Since that time, C.A.M.P. has extended its involvement with children and adults with disabilities to include hand cycles, recumbent tricycles, and adaptive cycling equipment.
With improved mobility equipment and an ever-expanding network of bicycle and rail trails across the country, more people than ever before can reap the benefits of adaptive cycling.” (Facebook page)
If you’d like to show your support by making a contribution to the Children and Adult Mobility Project please do so by clicking on the link below.