WEST SPRINGFIELD, Pennsylvania — For 30 -year-old Tim Taylor, pushing snowfall with his custom-built plow on his motorized wheelchair is not just fun; it’s another achievement for this northwest Pennsylvania man, who’s constantly looking for ways to adapt life to his disability .
“Living here we get quite a bit of snowfall, ” Taylor told The Huffington Post. “I lately got a 4×4 wheelchair and was inspired to build a plow for it after considering a YouTube video where an older gentleman had done something similar.”
Taylor drew up the design on his computer and refined it with the help of his father and brothers, who fabricated it at his direction.
“They were able to be my hands, ” Taylor said, adding, “What I have right now is a prototype. It still has some issues that need worked out, but that’s simply prompting me to find a better style to design it.”
Taylor is also designing a special mount for his wheelchair that will allow him to participate in one of his favorite pastimes — wildlife photography.
“The rig I’m currently working on will allow me to take paintings, ” he said. “I grew up in a family that huntings, and I love is available on the outdoors, but I’d rather use a camera than a gun.”
Taylor was left paralyzed because of a shattered C5 vertebra after an April 2003 automobile accident. The vehicle he was a passenger in went off an Erie County roadway, became airborne and hit a tree. Two other occupants — Taylor’s 17 -year-old girlfriend, Heather Sanders, and her 18 -year-old sister, Stacey — were killed in the accident.
“We were on our style to get pizza for the family after a softball game and an oncoming automobile — we swerved from them and lost control, ” Taylor said. “I woke up seven days later. It was tough.”
Despite the circumstances, Taylor said he was, and still is, determined not to let his disability slacken him down.
“I still have a lifetime of aims, ” Taylor, who was an 18 -year-old electrical apprentice at the time of the accident, said. “I simply didn’t want to be a bump on the log.”
Since the accident, Taylor has undergone several surgeries and participates in daily therapy conferences. He has gained some sensation back in his toes and has limited movement in his wrists, which allows him to control his wheelchair and complete other tasks.
Taylor’s next goal is to purchase a new wheelchair van. Hard Pennsylvania wintertimes and salted roads have rusted out his current ride, and he’s hoping working as a DJ and plowing snow will help him create the funds to purchase one.
“I thought about starting a GoFundMe to raise money for a van, but I’m the kind of person that would rather try to earn it by plowing or whatever, ” he said. “I always try to keep myself busy with one project or another.”
It’s that attitude that will contribute Taylor maintain a positive outlook on life.
“Every day there can be a new achievement, whether you have a disability or not, ” he said. “A new achievement in life helps keep you positive.”
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