UPMC Mercy Wheelchair Wash Supports Pittsburgh’s Wheelchair Users

By: Courtney Caprara

UPMC Mercy Wheelchair WashFor people who rely on wheelchairs for mobility, wheelchair maintenance is important to ensure their safety.

Volunteers from the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute washed and inspected both manual and power wheelchairs, performing minor repairs and evaluating potential problems. While their wheelchairs were being washed, guests saw demonstrations from rehabilitation-focused vendors and participated in a wheelchair skills obstacle course.

Paralympic gold medal-winning wheelchair rugby player Mark Zupan served as the event’s motivational speaker, inspiring guests with his personal journey. After his paralyzing injury as a teenager, Zupan went on to represent the United States at the 2004 and 2008 Paralympics and star in the 2005 documentary film Murderball.

To view photos from the 2017 Wheelchair Wash and Tune-Up, visit the UPMC Flickr gallery.