Kathy Murray of Armstrong on the scooter she received from the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation.

Kathy Murray of Armstrong on the scooter she received from the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation.

A helping hand from Hansen

Armstrong woman is thrilled with the new scooter she received from the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation.

The Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation has put an Armstrong woman in motion.

Kathy Murray got a call telling her she had been awarded the scooter which she had applied for about a month ago.

Her mother was at the Armstrong Seniors Centre when she saw the information that the scooter was available. There were applicants from around the province as this was the first time the Rick Hansen Foundation had given out a scooter. Most of their help is with specialized equipment.

“I was shocked, grateful and thrilled all at the same time when I heard,” said Murray, who has a disability that makes it difficult for her to walk without assistance.

She has been using a cane and walker to get around, including doing her shopping, a one-mile walk from her home. She is a caregiver for her husband who is also disabled.

“As we are not yet seniors, we found we were slipping through the cracks as far as funding goes. The Rick Hansen Foundation has helped to improve the quality of my life.

“Having the scooter reduces the chance of potential falls and the physical pain of walking long distances. It allows me to be a better caregiver to my husband by conserving my energy for his care and gives me peace of mind knowing I have a quick way home should a home emergency arise while I was out.”

The scooter, a Provider Partner IV Mobility model, arrived at Murray’s home March 23 with the shipping costs paid for by the Armstrong Ladies Club.

“It really lifts my spirits knowing there are so many people out there that really care,” she said.

She also thanks Ron from Armstrong Sears who helped assemble the canopy, Nancy Visser and Joy Bird, her mother, who helped her with the paperwork for the application, and Edna Luxton and the Armstrong Lions Club. She is also grateful to her neighbours Jeff and Shawn who helped with technical information and Terry, from Advanced Mobility, Kelowna, who came to her home to do an inspection of the scooter, and to Dr. Rita Kutsche, for her patience and assistance.

“I’m zipping around the streets and making sure I know how to use it and everything is great. I hope to ride along in the Rick Hansen Relay April 3,” said Murray.