Skip to main content
Tag

War

Generous group helps make new prosthetic for local war vet and surprises him with new motorcycle

By General Posts

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW ) — An innovative event is giving a local war veteran a big surprise and the chance to once again hit the open road.

Sgt. Charles Zollicoffer served three tours of duty with the Marines, then joined the Army and was getting ready to re-deploy overseas when he was hit by a drunk driver on his motorcycle.

“The morning I was set to fly off that’s when I had the accident,” said Sgt. Zollicoffer. “Boom, that was it.”

The driver left him for dead on S.R. 800 in Stark County, but luckily another man on a motorcycle who was headed to work stopped and saved his life.

“I didn’t think he was gonna make it,” said Dave Bowman.

Twenty-seven surgeries and four months later, Zollicoffer woke up at Aultman Hospital with his left leg amputated at the hip joint.

Doctors told him it was a difficult amputation and that he would never walk again.

“I said, ‘I will walk again; I don’t care if I have to take a 2×4 and duct tape, I will walk,’” said Zollicoffer.

The father of three has been walking using a prosthetic leg, but has not been able to ride a motorcycle again— something he truly loved to do.

Then, a friend and former colleague told him the good news.

De Ann Williams, executive director of the Stark County Veterans Service Commission, nominated him to be part of the “Challenge America’s Makers for Veterans Event.”

The event, which kicked off Friday night at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, combines teams of students, engineers, designers and physicians who develop solutions for veterans.

The plans are then developed into finished product using 3D printers, metal making, and circuit boards among other means.

“An incredible, but sometimes intense experience,” said senior Coleman Isner. “There’s a little bit of stress for the students who are participating where you really have to make something that’s full and consistent for that veteran because it’s affecting their well-being.”

There are ten teams helping ten different veterans with challenges ranging from physical restrictions to PTSD.

Charles’ Team Z is making him a very special prosthetic leg that will enable him to once again ride a motorcycle.

And that’s not all.

During the kick-off they surprised him with a brand new trike to try it out on.

“I got my outreach team together and said, ‘Charles needs our help,’ and within 48 hours we had the money donated from local organizations,” Williams.

The new leg and all of the other creations will be worked on throughout the weekend and then the finished project will be presented at The Global Center for Health Innovation on Veterans Day at 5 p.m.

Zollicoffer said he is overwhelmed and humbled to have been selected and is forever grateful.

“For someone to do this for me is unbelievable,” he said.

Motorcycle Riders Foundation Honors Memorial Day

By General Posts

Memorial Day is the day we honor all the men and women that never made it home. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation appreciates the sacrifices that allow us the freedoms that we cherish today. Their sacrifices and victories are what helped make our country great.

Freedom is not free.

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” — General George S. Patton

Dating back to the American Civil War when it was known as “Decoration Day,” the practice of placing flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers is not only done in remembrance of the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces, but also to honor the freedom in which they upheld.

War on Cars Watch for March 20, 2019

By General Posts

The national stories from across the country. War on Cars Watch, a weekly blog to bring together all the stories that affect motorists with regards to street planning such as road diets, and traffic calming as well as programs such as Vision Zero and Complete Streets.

Since its founding more than 30 years ago as the Citizens Coalition for Rational Traffic Laws, the National Motorists Association has been the voice of thousands of motorists who stand up for key principles of drivers’ rights.

READ the NMA News Report by Clicking Here – Subscribe to Bikernet Cantina Today

Support NMA

Threesome Report: Trikes News, Autocycle Adventures, Side-Car Views

By General Posts

War Veteran Navy Seal’s custom Trike with a wheelchair in the back, New York delivery trike, Gas powered Dirt trike from Stanford University, Gotcha mobility e-trike, Australia Postmen get e-Trikes for their postage rounds.

Wayfarer reports on the three-wheeled industry boom

Incredible Custom Trike gets a War Veteran back on the road
T3 – A Delivery Trike Is Coming
Comanche gas / electric recumbent trike
Gotcha Unveils Electric Trike for mobility
Australian Postmen bikes to make way for e-trikes

Send me your Trike News, Autocycle Adventures and Side-Car Views – photos most welcome – always at your service at wayfarer@bikernet.com get featured on Bikernet.com

READ IT IN THE CANTINA – CLICK HERE

www.Bikernet.com