Kenny Mills

Katie In 2007, Kenny broke his neck when he fell 36 feet off a tank while working at Calumet Oil Refinery in Princeton, LA. He became a C6-C7 quadriplegic and has been in a wheelchair ever since. However, that has not stopped him from continuing to do many of the things he loves such as deer hunting or driving his 4-wheel drive truck. Nothing comes easy, but where there’s a will, there’s a way!

Kenny has been an avid hunter all of his life. But hunting became a much greater challenge for him after his injury. In 2013, he began hunting with a crossbow, and in 2015, he began hunting with a rifle. He uses a “bite trigger” since he has no finger function, and he’s shot three deer as of yet—two with his crossbow and one with his rifle. However, he still longed for the day when he could become a more independent hunter, not having to rely on others to track his deer, drag it out of the woods for him, etc.

In 2014, Kenny learned about a special wheelchair that allows someone to ride over virtually any type of terrain, including snow, sand, up hills and through the woods. These Action Trackchairs have opened up a whole new world of possibilities for those with disabilities. It was then that he began to dream of having his own Trackchair.

While at Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado in September of 2015, Kenny was told that he could apply for a grant with the Action Mobility Foundation. We had no idea how much the Trackchair would cost or if he would receive the grant, but we filled out the application in October and sent it in. About three weeks later, we received an email saying that Kenny would be awarded a partial grant toward the cost of the trackchair. In December, Kenny contacted an Action Trackchair dealer in Baton Rouge to find out how much the chair would cost.

In January, Kenny contacted Stephanie at the CCOA to find out whether the Louisiana SCI-TBI Trust Fund might help him purchase this Trackchair. Soon he was told that the Trust Fund would pay the remaining cost of it. We were elated!

On March 3, 2016, Kenny’s dream came true when his new Action Trackchair was delivered to our home. We are thankful to all those who helped make this possible. Most of all, we are thankful to God, who has blessed us in more ways than we can number!

Story written by Julie Mills, Kenny’s wife.

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