In 1988, Chance Corbretti had a motorbike accident while riding down the Toowoomba range in wet weather. Chance was diagnosed as a T11-12 complete paraplegic as a result of his injuries he sustained from this accident.
Today, Chance and his partner Karen live in the small rural town of Durong, located 244kms West of Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast, Queensland. They run their “cattle hobby farm” across 40 acres of rugged terrain. Last year they started their search for an Off Road Buggy that could be modified for Chance. When Chance and Karen came across the Odes Military Warrior MV800, they both felt that this side by side was exactly what they were looking for. They liked the fact that the panels and tray were metal and not plastic. The steel electric tilting tray was a feature that they both agreed was a must have. Karen said “It has that more secure feeling about it.”
Next step was to contact WingMan Motor Group to find out if hand controls could be fitted to the ATV. They then put WingMan Motor Group in touch with Keith Fackrell at KCF Disability Engineering. Keith had previously fitted hand controls to Chance’s car. KCF Disability Engineering provides driving aids and complete specialised work, to vehicles for persons with disabilities. Keith is a Queensland Transport Authorised Officer, C.A.M.S Approved and A.N.D.R.A Approved. The Odes Military Warrior MV800 Buggy was delivered to KCF Disability Engineering and this is where the modifications were completed. Those modifications included hand controls and a driver’s seat belt harness.
Once completed, the buggy made its final journey to Chance and Karen’s property. Fast forward 6 months later and the full impact of the 800cc side by side on Chance’s day to day life has been truly realised. Chance’s Odes Warrior buggy AKA “The Tank” has given Chance freedom and independence. He felt that he was sitting on the sidelines but now he is front row and centre and having the time of his life.
Karen confirmed the significant positive effect that The Tank has had on Chance’s mental health. Not only is he able to enjoy the outdoors independently, but he can assist Karen with repairing fences and feeding cattle. It really hit home how much things had changed on the day when the kids came to visit the property. Everyone decided to head out to collect firewood. Chance was right in the thick of the activity by towing the trailer, operating the rear tray and driving the firewood back home. He is participating in activities on the farm that has now been made possible with his off road buggy “The Tank”.
Please Visit Keith at http://www.kcfdisabilityengineering.com.au