Several Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) members in Michigan, Iowa, Oklahoma and Kansas are literally making tracks this spring thanks to the generosity of employees of a Novi, Mich.-based electric transmission company.
Employees of ITC Holdings donated more than $110,000 to PVA last Veterans Day to purchase nine all-terrain wheelchairs. The employees raised the funds through a pair of golf tournaments and charitable contributions.
The chairs with tank-like treads instead of wheels make it easier for people with spinal-cord injury or disease to take part in hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.
Four of the track chairs stayed with the Michigan chapter, while the remaining five were donated to PVA chapters in Iowa, Oklahoma and Kansas, states where ITC also holds properties.
"The work that Paralyzed Veterans of America performs for veterans--not only helping them with mobility through the use of track chairs, but helping them maintain their quality of life by reintroducing them to sports, as well as doing research on spinal-cord injuries, is critical to better treat and help veterans and others in the future," says Joe Welch, chairman, president and CEO of ITC Holdings. "I am grateful for our generosity toward this cause. I know it's one that many of us hold very near to our hearts."