Moving Forward After a Loss
What happens after losing a loved one, the person at the centre of our life? We mourn, we reflect, and somehow we move on, propped up by the support of others and an inner strength we never knew we had. For John and Wendy Hillier, their daughter-in-law Corinne Foucault was more than the centre of their son Michael’s world, she was the inspiration for Wheelchair in Motion, the company named by and for Corinne and Michael. Sadly, the challenges of Corinne’s condition took its toll on her body.
Corinne grew up with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a neuromuscular disorder characterized by the loss of motor neurons in the spinal cord and progressive muscle weakness and wasting. Through Corinne’s experiences, the Hilliers became aware of the world of disability and the limitations people in wheelchairs faced. Despite the barriers that made living with SMA a struggle, it was Corinne’s motivation and ability to embrace life that was the impetus to create a service to help her reach her goals.
Since they started Wheelchair in Motion, the Hilliers have met so many people like Corinne, and families facing the same challenges: trying to make the most basic, daily routine just a little less complicated and a lot more dignified. Behind every person in a wheelchair who is nicely dressed and well groomed, there is someone who made that person feel good about themselves – the spouse, the parents, the devoted caregivers. Michael was that person for Corinne. This shared experience between the Hillier family and their customers has been a source of mutual support and strength, and it’s helped in the effort to move forward. Serving their customers’ needs reminds the Hillier family of Corinne and her determination and spirit.
Wheelchair in Motion wishes to recognize the work in SMA research by Dr. Alex Mackenzie at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa. To learn more about Spinal Muscular Atrophy, please visit Cure SMA Canada and Rebecca Run for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
Moving forward, Wheelchair in Motion continues its commitment to assist with your accessible transportation needs. Thank you for your support.