“Independence is a right that everyone deserves to have in their lives.”
After a hang gliding accident left her paralyzed, Marilyn Hamilton was determined to continue her active, athletic lifestyle. Her heavy wheelchair hampered that ambition.
Drawing inspiration from the materials used in hang gliders, she worked with two friends to create a lightweight and highly maneuverable wheelchair.
She started the Quickie wheelchair company in 1979—and went on to become a two-time US Open women’s wheelchair tennis champion.
Today, through her company StimDesigns, Hamilton is the North American distributor for Galileo whole-body mechano-stimulation devices, which maximize the effectiveness of therapeutic treatments and enhance fitness training for all ages no matter what your ability. Working through the nervous system with high repetition training, and using the principle of neuroplasticity, Galileo efficiently improves muscle bone health and performance with short training sessions.
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Source for quote above: The Women’s Conference 2006: Minerva Awards—Marilyn Hamilton, 2008, https://youtu.be/h7RDnbYQx2I.