Cambry Kaylor was injured doing something she loved. After spending 10 years training in equestrian vaulting to become an international competitor, on June 21, 2005, the worst happened. A miscommunication with her partner on the horse led to a disastrous aerial dismount which left her with a broken back and a severed spinal cord. Cambry was permanently paralyzed from the waist down.
Realizing she didn't need to walk to be happy, she tells The Church of Jesus Christ : “No, I wouldn’t go back and change that day so that I never got paralyzed. Living with paralysis has taught me how to live beyond ‘what if’ and to live ‘what is’ and to live it with joy.”
In 2019, Cambry reunited with someone from high school on a dating app. They had chemistry and a lot of it. It was Zack Nelson, the mastermind behind one of YouTube’s biggest repair and DIY channels JerryRigEverything. In April 2019, the pair got engaged. Ever the thoughtful husband to be, Zach used titanium from Cambry’s first wheelchair to make his wedding ring.
The couple now work together on the JerryRigEverything YouTube channel and went viral with a video called ‘How to Install an Elevator in your LivingRoom!’.
The video has now has more than 22 million views on YouTube and Mark Blomfield, president of Stiltz Homelifts USA, said Zack’s Homelift video “has to be the most viral video in the mobility and independent living industry in history”.
Now the couple is working together to create a new ‘wheelchair’ that they’ve named The Rig.
Shopping for an off-road wheelchair can be frustrating. The choices are few and far between and they can cost as much as a car. Cambry and Zack decided to put their heads together, and build a custom off-road wheelchair. Something that’s quick and light with a super long range.
What they came up with was ‘ Not-a-Wheelchair ’, a fully electric, super quiet, accessible bike that can go 12mph with a range of about 10-20 miles. Their goal was to provide something that was both capable and affordable.
“The toughest challenge when developing ‘ Not-A-Wheelchair ’ is the price. We wanted to create something that is affordable for everyone. Finding quality components, and a simple enough design at the cheapest price possible took quite a bit of time,” Zack told Bored Panda . “But I think we have something now that everyone will be able to enjoy, at a fraction of the cost of other ‘off-road wheelchairs’ currently on the market.”