Dyersville Boy Receives All-Terrain Power Wheelchair

Published in Complex Rehab on March 29, 2018

It’s been more than eight months since 12-year-old Alec Gotto inspired a nation when he led his 1,556 pound steer, JD, short for John Deere, in his power wheelchair to win not only the People’s Choice Award, but the hearts of many new friends during the Iowa State Fair.

Since, Alec’s supporters have been on a mission to raise enough funds to purchase a power chair with tracks so he can show his cattle in any terrain and without the assistance of others. 

On Wednesday, March 21, Alec’s wish came true. U.S. Rehab and VGM & Associates donated a custom-built track chair to Alec at his home in rural Dyersville, Iowa.   

“We saw Alec’s story and knew we needed to reach out and help,” said Greg Packer, president of U.S. Rehab, a division of VGM & Associates. “It’s an honor to present Alec with a new all-terrain chair so he can go anywhere his heart desires. His new chair is custom built to accommodate his needs around the farm and in the show ring. It’s also the only track chair with this very special paint scheme.”       

The new chair, a TrackMaster MK-1, features a green and yellow paint scheme, dual one-horsepower power motors, custom seating system, 47-inch-long tracks and a wide base to provide even more stability. It also features twin, 900-lumen LED floodlights to help Alec, also known as “The Cow Whisperer,” navigate around the farm day or night.

“Alec's new chair will help him get around the farm and other places he couldn't go before,” said Carrie Gotto, Alec’s mother. “Now, we won't have to worry about him tipping over, and he will be able to maneuver through the wood chips and not be dependent on someone to help him. This will give him so much independence.”

“This project was a collaboration of a number of Alec’s supporters,” continued Packer. “We’re ecstatic that Alec’s wish has been granted, and we can’t wait to see him take his first spin around the farm.”

Click here to watch a live video of this presentation.

“Words can't express how thankful we are and how excited Alec will be,” mentioned his mother.


comments powered by Disqus

From Our Experts

Member Spotlight: Katie Stevens, CEO of Reliable Medical Supply thumbnail Member Spotlight: Katie Stevens, CEO of Reliable Medical Supply We recently had the opportunity to chat with Katie about her experience in the CRT industry. Heartland Session Sneak Peek: Telehealth in CRT thumbnail Heartland Session Sneak Peek: Telehealth in CRT There's a lot in store for our community of rehab professionals, and we can't wait to see you in person at the Heartland Conference. Read more about this can't-miss session that will provide insight into the ever-changing telehealth landscape. CMS Announces: Manual Wheel Chair Accessories are Permanently Exempt from the Competitive Bidding Program thumbnail CMS Announces: Manual Wheel Chair Accessories are Permanently Exempt from the Competitive Bidding Program CMS announced today that manual wheelchair accessories will be permanently exempt from future competitive bidding programs. U.S. Rehab Tech Training at Heartland Addresses All Levels of Experience thumbnail U.S. Rehab Tech Training at Heartland Addresses All Levels of Experience Complex rehab providers attending VGM's 20th Heartland Conference will have the opportunity to increase their expertise in repairing and programming complex rehab wheelchairs as part of U.S. Rehab's Tech Training. CMS Announces 90-Day Extension For CRT Manual Wheelchair Accessories thumbnail CMS Announces 90-Day Extension For CRT Manual Wheelchair Accessories CMS announced a 90-day extension of the suspension of the application of Medicare Competitive Bidding Program pricing to CRT manual wheelchair accessories. The current policy will stay in place through October 1 and there will not be any payment cuts or claims processing changes. Don't Allow Medicare Advantage Plans and MCOs Take Advantage of YOU! thumbnail Don't Allow Medicare Advantage Plans and MCOs Take Advantage of YOU! The HME supplier has always had challenges in getting paid timely and accurately for the items and services they provide to their customers. This is an assumed cost of doing business but the HME supplier still does this because of the reward of taking care of their customers. But nothing has challenged the supplier as much as when a customer has a Medicare Advantage Plan or an MCO. Right to Repair Legislation: Just Say No thumbnail Right to Repair Legislation: Just Say No Over the past few months there have been several bills introduced at the state level titled "Right to Repair." The purpose of these bills is to give the consumer the right to purchase parts from manufacturers directly in order to repair their own products. This may be fine for some consumer goods, but it could have devastating consequences to consumers attempting to repair their own medical equipment for several reasons. The Q2 Buyer's Guide is Available Now thumbnail The Q2 Buyer's Guide is Available Now VGM & Associates is excited to announce that the second quarter Digital Buyer's Guide has been released. The latest edition can be downloaded now.