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Idaho kids receive off-road wheelchairs that help them explore the great outdoors
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Idaho kids receive off-road wheelchairs that help them explore the great outdoors

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Sarah Palmer of Twin Falls walks with her son Jaxon Palmer, 5, at Camel’s Back Park in Boise after he was awarded a GRIT Junior chair from the Challenged Athletes Foundation on Saturday. The new wheelchairs are built for off-road use, and they were designed with children’s dimensions and needs in mind with help from Boise physical therapist Shanna Herman.

BOISE — The Boise branch of a nonprofit dedicated to helping people with disabilities donated special wheelchairs to three Idaho children on Saturday, opening up opportunities for them recreate outdoors.

The Challenged Athletes Foundation gifted Jaxon Palmer, 5; Zella Egan, 5; and Clara Longoria, 8, with GRIT Junior wheelchairs, all-terrain chairs meant to allow users to travel on trails, beaches and more. Clara is from Boise, while Jaxon and Zella are from Twin Falls. Both Jaxon and Clara have spina bifida, and Zella has cerebral palsy.

Off-road wheelchairs

Clara Longoria, 8, of Boise, uses her new GRIT Junior chair at Camel’s Back Park in Boise on Saturday. Challenged Athletes Foundation awarded three of the child-sized off-road wheelchairs to Idaho children on Saturday. Boise physical therapist Shanna Herman helped with the development of these new junior chairs.

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“It’s a huge deal for us to get this chair,” said Zella’s mom, Sara Egan. “After her diagnosis, we decided as a family that we would do everything we could to let her enjoy the things that we enjoy.”

The Challenged Athletes Foundation presented the kids with the GRIT Junior chairs at Camel’s Back Park on Saturday morning, where the families explored nearby trails in the Foothills.

Several other Idahoans affiliated with the foundation were in attendance, including 4-year-old Teddy Wallace. Teddy was the world’s first GRIT Junior wheelchair user and regularly uses it on trails around Boise.

Off-road wheelchairs

Clara Longoria, 8, of Boise, and Zella Egan 5, of Twin Falls, use their new GRIT Junior chairs at Camel’s Back Park in Boise on Saturday. Challenged Athletes Foundation awarded three of the child-sized off-road wheelchairs to Idaho children on Saturday. Boise physical therapist Shanna Herman helped with the development of these new junior chairs.

Off-road wheelchairs

Jaxon Palmer, 5, of Twin Falls, uses his new GRIT Junior chair at Camel’s Back Park in Boise on Saturday. Challenged Athletes Foundation awarded three of the child-sized off-road wheelchairs to Idaho children on Saturday. Boise physical therapist Shanna Herman helped with the development of these new junior chairs.

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