"My Q6 Edge Power Chair helps me so much in everyday life. And it helps me get to and from my classes."
Alisha Tinker, Dayton, OH
Attending college presents a lot of challenges. For 30-year-old Alisha Tinker, the challenges are often bigger. As a student at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, Alisha relies heavily on her Q6 Edge® Power Chair.
“My Q6 Edge Power Chair helps me so much in everyday life. And it helps me get to and from my classes,” said Alisha.
Her disability doesn’t slow Alisha down. She loves exploring different parts of the Dayton area.
“My chair does a good job of handling all the terrain,” Alisha said.
Alisha and her friend, Jenny, like to do different things together.
“It could be as simple as sitting outside and talking, or finding a new adventure to go on. My chair keeps right up,” Alisha said.
"I like iLevel because people seem to be more accepting and friendlier with me when I am at eye level with them."
Aimee Buswell, Mount Airy, MD
It’s just another day at work for Aimee Buswell as she stocks shelves and helps customers. Despite her physical limitations, Aimee has reached new heights in the workplace.
Born with cerebral palsy, Aimee cannot walk and uses the Q6 Edge® 2.0 Power Chair with iLevel® for mobility. Working for a major retailer keeps Aimee busy all day long. With iLevel technology, Aimee accomplishes more and faster than before. She loves having that independence.
“I’m able to reach things that I couldn’t before without help,” Aimee said.
Aimee also notices a difference in how people respond to her.
“I like iLevel because people seem to be more accepting and friendlier with me when I am at eye level with them,” Aimee said.
Aimee is proud of her accomplishments. She graduated from high school with honors and has worked for 16 years. She even earned a promotion!
When not working, Aimee keeps busy at her home in Mt. Airy, Maryland, with photography and crafts. She loves helping others, especially animals. Aimee donates to Guiding Eyes for the Blind every month. The organization provides blind or visually impaired people with trained guide dogs. Aimee is moved by organizations, like Guiding Eyes for the Blind, that help people with disabilities.
“What an inspiration for me!” Aimee said.
"My Quantum Power Chair is fast! I don’t need someone to help me over long distances or up hills."
Max Malec, Roaring Brook Township, PA
For Max Malec, playing his heart out is the only option. At just 10 years old, Max is an experienced athlete who gives it his all despite his disability.
Born with spina bifida, Max is paralyzed from the waist down. He lives in Roaring Brook Township, Pennsylvania, with his dad and older brother, Mickey. To get around, Max uses the Q6 Edge® 2.0 Power Chair with iLevel®.
“My Quantum Power Chair is fast! I don’t need someone to help me over long distances or up hills,” Max said.
With his iLevel, Max can reach things in the refrigerator or the upper cabinets. Plus, when elevated, Max is as tall as his brother.
Max is a diehard football fan and roots for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State Nittany Lions. He plays football for the North Pocono Junior Trojans. His first tackle was a sack on the quarterback against Lakeland two years ago. Besides football, Max plays baseball and soccer on the Lackawanna County Challenger League team. He also loves basketball and swimming.
When Max isn’t busy playing sports, he and his dad participate in 5k and 10k races. In the fall of 2016, Max completed his first 5k race for WNEP’s Ryan’s Run and 5k & All Abilities Walk in Scranton.
In the summer, Max attends a camp for kids who have spina bifida.
“I get to do a lot of neat things with other kids like me,” Max said.
With so many interests, Max has no problem staying active. His love for sports, especially football, has Max looking towards the future. One day, he hopes to be a professional football player.