Necessity is the mother of invention


Tammy Wilber, state coordinator for the Ms. Wheelchair Washington State Pageant, sent out an e-mail blast earlier this month to recommend a new wheelchair device called FreeWheel. The device attaches to the front of a wheelchair, allowing users to push over difficult surfaces like curbs and rough roads.

I have had a handcycle bike before, but I had a lot of issues carting it around in my car,” Wilber wrote. “The FreeWheel gives me that same feeling, but it weighs on about 5 pounds. You can even clamp it to the back of your wheelchair.

The creator of the device, Pat Dougherty, is a quadriplegic. You know what they say: Necessity is the mother of invention.

Liz Beaulieu