October 31, 2020

Helping Kayne Make Tracks

(Franklin) — A fundraising effort is underway to raise money to help one local child experience life in a whole new way for the first time.

6-year-old Kayne Skinner, a Central Elementary first grader has never been able to walk before due to being born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

6-year-old CES Student Kayne Skinner hopes to raise $15,000 for an Action Trackstander which would change his life

6-year-old CES Student Kayne Skinner hopes to raise $15,000 for an Action Trackstander which could change his life

Being confined to a wheelchair has always made it almost impossible for Kayne to enjoy typical outdoor experiences like other children his age but a new invention could change all of that.

After 30 years of being in the recreational motor sports business, Tim Swenson decided to help disabled people have the freedom of getting off the normal path.

He started developing an all terrain wheelchair in 2008 called the Action Trackchair.

Tim and his wife, Donna, have a son, Jeff, who is in a chair. They also knew of other people who lacked the freedom of mobility to go hunting, hiking, fishing, and much more.

They developed the Action Trackstander as an updated version of the Trackchair which allows the person to stand upright.

Along with the tracks, a joystick steering system, and a battery range of 8 miles, the other key feature of both the Trackchair and Trackstander is the user’s ability to tilt the seat back and forward. It has a low center of gravity so that when you go up a hill you can ‘lean into it,’ and lean backwards coming down — as a walking person would.

In addition, being able to stand in the Trackstander provides better visibility in the wild and allows the user to avoid poor circulation from sitting for long periods.

A go fund me page has been set up to help Kayne raise the $15,000 for the expensive mechanism and as of Tuesday, March 31 over $1300 had already been raised.

An additional $700 plus dollars were also raised during a bake sale over the weekend at the Franklin Piggly Wiggly.

Donations can also be made at any Regions Bank in the name of Kayne Skinner under the name Amanda K. Skinner or Matthew Skinner.

The Action Trackstander would allow Kayne to live a normal life with his brothers and sisters, giving him the opportunity for the first time to do everyday little boy activities such as going fishing and hunting with his daddy, and playing baseball with his friends.

The Trackstander would help Kayne to go out on the beach this summer on family vacation and so many more things to help him both mentally and physically.

To make a donation visit Kayne’s go fund me page at www.gofundme.com/pcypa8 or visit any Regions Bank.


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