LETU Puts 250K Grant to Use

LETU Puts 250K Grant to Use

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - These LeTerneau University students are putting wheelchairs to the test and measuring just how hard it is for them to be pushed. Students invited members of New Beginning's Baptist Church to help out. 9 year old Jake Herman says he's here to help children he doesn't even know.

"I am here to help because I don't want to see them have bumpy rides. It wouldn't be good."

The experiment had parents push their children on 3 courses. A heart monitor recorded the difficulty of the pushing, and the kids rated the comfort. LETU Professor Karen Rispen says some countries aren't friendly to those with a disability.
"I grew up in Africa, and I have seen a lot of donated things that don't work. This is to make sure they do work."
Rispen and her students received a $250,000 Grant from the Keck Foundation.  A grant that will be used to build tougher, and more efficient wheel chairs.
"Rispen says that students will be testing these chairs on all types of terrain. Predictable surfaces like concrete, and more difficult one's like this." - Kevin Boyce
Today was the first of many experiments, funded by the grant.  For Herman, he just wants other kids to have the same blessings he has.
"They can have a comfortable ride, because we are going to tell them if it's good or not."


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