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Brother-in-law's home-built sidecar gives Bedford man a taste of freedom

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Post  fshnski Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:43 pm

Jim Brown and Scott Lavoie are best friends and each other's heroes.

The two brothers-in-law used to enjoy doing many things together, but when Brown was diagnosed with primary lateral sclerosis, things began to change.

Primary lateral sclerosis is a rare neuromuscular disease that causes muscle weakness as the body's nerve cells progressively degenerate.

"I started showing symptoms in 2000 and have slowly progressed from there. I started using a Rollator walker in the fall of 2004 and began using a wheelchair in 2009," said Brown. "PLS has also taken my speech. I lost it gradually over the last three years. I use a speech program on my iPad to speak. The speech is the toughest thing to deal with for me."Lavoie said he's a tinkerer and soon figured out a way to help his friend enjoy life as much as possible.

In his garage, Lavoie designed and built a sidecar for his motorcycle so he and Brown could ride.

"I thought, 'Why does everyone else get to go for a ride and not him?'," said Lavoie. "I'm a closet inventor of sorts and instead of watching TV, this was my science project."

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20130821/NEWHAMPSHIRE09/130829894
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Post  WHL Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:24 pm

Nice story.
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Post  fshnski Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:26 pm

I bet you somebody read that story and thought, No way that can be legal ... was it inspected ... is it registered ... what if it rains ... does it have an airbag ... ???
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Post  Donzel Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:31 pm

fshnski wrote:I bet you somebody read that story and thought, No way that can be legal ... was it inspected ... is it registered ... what if it rains ... does it have an airbag ... ???
My God man, relax.

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