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Steps to independence for people dealing with paralysis

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Dale Cook of Kannapolis was a very active and busy man.

"I was in my backyard and I've got an archery set up," said Dale.

What happened next left Dale paralyzed from the waist down.

"I don't remember a whole lot after I fell out of the tree stand," Dale recalled.

And now Dale uses a wheelchair to get around.

Helping him adjust to his new life is EJ Dulina, a consultant for Carolina Mobility Sales.

"My assignment with Dale was to get him set up so that he can drive from his driver seat safely using his hands only," said EJ.

He can relate to Dale.

"My son had a spinal cord injury,"said EJ. 

"He was actually shot and paralyzed at his place of business a few years ago."

So this father uses what happened to his son as a way to offer answers to others.

"My goal was to find a mobility solution for my son obviously and now I can provide it for a lot of people," said EJ.

And if anyone is going to help Dale regain his independence it's EJ.

"I would have to bring my wheelchair behind the car, and I would disassemble, tear it apart, and I would have to bring it over me ad have to put it over into the seat beside me," said Dale remembering how difficult it was to get around early on in his accident.

"That can be dangerous," said EJ.

"It's a lot of work and sometimes just deters people from going out and enjoying life."

After meeting with Carolina Mobility Sales getting around for Dale is much simpler.

"The vehicles are seamless and they have engineered and changed so much that going down the road no one knows you have a mobility vehicle," said EJ.

Carolina Mobility provided Dale with safe and comfortable transportation.

And although it's not Dales' choice to be this position he is grateful for their encounter and to once again independent.

"There's no reason why I can't enjoy myself," said Dale. 

"I am happier than or as happy as I've ever been in my life."

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