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

U.S. Rehab Launches a New Telehealth and Complex Rehab Technology Educational Course thumbnail U.S. Rehab Launches a New Telehealth and Complex Rehab Technology Educational Course Dr. Mark Schmeler, Associate Professor and the Vice Chair for Education Training in the Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology at the University of Pittsburgh, Dan Fedor, Director of Reimbursement for U.S. Rehab, Kyle Walker, Director of Operations of Assistive Technology with VGM Homelink, and Greg Packer, President of U.S. Rehab, talk about a new educational program focused around telehealth and CRT. Complex Rehab ‘Takes Next Step' with New Program thumbnail Complex Rehab ‘Takes Next Step' with New Program More than anything, the University of Pittsburgh's new Master of Rehabilitation Technology program will help to raise awareness among young professionals that specializing in assistive technology is a valid profession, says Mark Schmeler. Packer Perspective: September 2020 thumbnail Packer Perspective: September 2020 “Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill I found this quote to be quite appropriate for the current times we are going through this year with the pandemic. Remember that U.S. Rehab and VGM are here for your success and to help ensure that you do not have failure—and that it is not fatal if you do have some. Let Us Help You Prepare for the ATP Exam with the ATP Fundamentals Course! thumbnail Let Us Help You Prepare for the ATP Exam with the ATP Fundamentals Course! U.S. Rehab has partnered with RESNA to offer our members the ATP Fundamentals in Technology course. Designed with the busy AT professional in mind, the ATP Fundamentals Course helps students review and refresh their assistive technology knowledge and identify areas for further study in preparation for the ATP exam. CEUs are available for this class. Class size is limited, so be sure to register by September 28. U.S. Rehab Introduces New-and-Improved Educational Platform thumbnail U.S. Rehab Introduces New-and-Improved Educational Platform We are excited to announce our new educational platform that highlights all of our educational offerings in one simple, easy-to-use website, powered by VGM Education. This new platform is organized to make it simpler for you to find the programs you need for yourself or your staff. Participate in the CRT Clinician/Supplier/Manufacturer Survey thumbnail Participate in the CRT Clinician/Supplier/Manufacturer Survey According to an update from NCART, a national survey of CRT clinicians, suppliers, and manufacturers is being conducted by the CRT Remote Services Consortium and is purposed with collecting information about applications of remote services and telehealth in the CRT provision process, benefits/issues in its use, and what needs to be considered as we plan for the future. Congressional Supporters Needed On The Letter Asking CMS To Exempt CRT Manual Accessories From The Competitive Bidding Program thumbnail Congressional Supporters Needed On The Letter Asking CMS To Exempt CRT Manual Accessories From The Competitive Bidding Program Reps. John Larson and Lee Zeldin have spearheaded a congressional sign-on letter to CMS urging that the agency use its administrative authority to permanently exclude CRT manual accessories from Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) pricing. This request would require CMS to use the same payment policies for accessories on manual chairs as it does for power chairs. Complex Rehab Stakeholders Prep Request, Form Consortium thumbnail Complex Rehab Stakeholders Prep Request, Form Consortium According to a recent article from HME News, complex rehab stakeholders have taken steps to advance key initiatives related to power seat elevation and power standing systems, and telehealth and remote services.