In his down time, Ken Bussart does what he loves to do – all to help show people some love.
Bussart’s gift to them is the freedom of movement in the form of a wheelchair. He takes old wheelchairs and fixes them up, just to help out those who are struggling.
“I’ve always worked with my hands, and I’ve always enjoyed that,” Bussart said. “A lot of people can’t afford it. A lot of people don’t have insurance to pay for the chair.”
Ken honed his skills from building pull-tractors earlier in his life but understands how important a set of wheels can be for someone, due to his own problems with multiple sclerosis.
“The MS that I have, the monster that I fight, is going to leave me in this chair,” Bussart said. “You just got to pick yourself up and go.”
Ken’s way of “rolling with it” takes others along with him for the ride to freedom of movement.
He is not sure who some of the chairs he fixes go to, but he has helped dozens by making their lives easier.
Ken’s wife Crystal says it took him some time to start using a wheelchair himself.
“Took him a long time to try a wheelchair,” Crystal said. “When he did, he reserved his energy, felt better.”
Crystal says that’s why Ken is helping others.
He even takes the time to put custom features on the wheelchairs, and he works on to make them more comfortable and give them a little personality.
Young Isaac Helber, who suffers from spina bifida, is a big fan of Ken’s work, as no normal wheelchair would do for him.
“It’s kind of been ‘Kennified’ if you will,” says Isaac’s mom Wendy, referring to the reflectors and strobe lights that are on her son’s chair. “Ken provided us with custom billet aluminum wheels.”
Those wheels are perfect for a young boy who wants to take on all kinds of terrain, and also turned into a perfect project for Ken himself.
“He goes ‘I was just about this close to feeling sorry for myself and meeting your son gave me something to get really excited about again,’” said Wendy, referring to Ken’s relationship with her son.
“You relate to that little boy, I relate to a little guy in the chair,” Ken said. “I mean he’s 3-and-a-half years old and he puts up with the same stuff I do, and he does it well.”
Now, Isaac can deal with it a little better because of the more bells and whistles that are on his chair, provided by Ken.
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