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Teen siblings get out and about with custom double stroller

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The McLure family loves family walks, camping trips and other outdoor adventures.

But as teenaged siblings Kiarra and Rylan got older, participating in such outings became increasingly difficult.

Sitting in CanAssist's shop, awaiting delivery.Both teens use manual wheelchairs, which they are unable to operate independently. But no commercial strollers accommodate the size and weight of two teens sitting side by side, so heading outdoors required two adults.

“This is something we spent endless hours researching but nothing was commercially available until we came in contact with CanAssist,” said the teens' mom, Fiona.

CanAssist's engineering team got to work, using some parts from a commercial stroller, but customizing most. The project was made possible by both the CKNW Orphans' Fund and Variety – The Children's Charity.

The robust new stroller has numerous important features, including:

  • a customized tubular steel frame
  • durable nylon fabric for the seats, with 5 point seat belts
  • one seat with a bolster for leg support and a foot rest (required by Rylan)
  • a caster-style front wheel for easy turning
  • two rear brakes, controlled by hand
  • parking brakes
  • front splash guard
  • quick-release rear wheels, to make storage in the family van easier
  • stroller width fits standard city sidewalks

Rylan's side includes leg and foot support.The stroller was a perfect fit for Kiarra, 16, and Rylan, 15, who live in Vancouver.

“We have a new freedom with a double jogger stroller that allows the opportunity and flexibility for outings when only one parent is available,” Fiona wrote to CanAssist recently. “The process was efficient and everybody was so helpful. We are so very grateful to everybody involved.“

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