27 Year Old Parapalegic Loses Custom Wheelchair in Schuylkill River, PA

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A 27 year old man lost his “top-end, customized wheelchair” when his canoe flipped while on an outing on the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania.

According to the Philly Voice which reported the story:

Frank Ganther and a couple of friends set out on a five-mile kayak-and-canoe trip from near the Spring Mill station in Conshohocken to Manayunk.

“The cushion is $600. The wheels are $1,200 each. The frame and back is about $5,000,” he said. “That’s why this is such a huge blow.”

After being out on the water for some time, the canoes flipped.

Considering he’s more than four years away from getting a replacement, Ganther, his family and friends have since reached out to police in both Conshohocken and Philadelphia, along with rowers and others along the water, asking them to keep an eye out for the missing wheelchair.

“I don’t think it’d float, and the current might’ve pushed it farther down the river from the last time I saw it. It could be anywhere near there or south,” he said. “We’ve asked the crew teams to keep a look out for it, reaching out to anyone who might get eyes on it.

“It’d be ideal, but I’m not sure anyone’s going to go snorkeling down the Schuylkill.”

A snowboarding accident in the Poconos left the 27-year-old Ganther paraplegic and dependent on a wheelchair.

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The young man’s mother reached out to those concerned on Facebook, looking for any help.

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