Tim Balz and Freedom Chairs

Story #31
Air Date: February 12, 2014

Engineering student Tim Balz was just 16 years old when he started Freedom Chairs, an Indiana-based nonprofit that helps anyone in need of a mobility chair.

The idea originated when Tim saw Steven, his high school classmate, struggling as he pushed his manual wheelchair to pick up the school’s recycling bins. Steven’s family did not meet Medicaid’s standards for an electric wheelchair and they couldn’t afford to buy him one.

With help from his robotics team and his coach, Tim modified the wheelchair for Steven, providing him with ease of mobility. After seeing the difference it made in Steven’s life, Tim embarked on his mission to give wheelchairs and medical equipment to more people in need. Tim spent all of his college savings and worked two part-time jobs to run Freedom Chairs.

Now 19, Tim and his volunteers work out of a storage unit that has no electricity. It’s challenging, but Tim says it keeps cost down, enabling him to help more people. In the last three years, Freedom Chairs has provided 80 people with medical equipment and electric wheelchairs.

Tim plans to invest all of the money given to him by “5-hour ENERGY Helps Amazing People” back into Freedom Chairs.

www.freedomchairs.org
Visit Freedom Chairs on Facebook
Twitter: @freedomchairs

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6 Responses to Tim Balz and Freedom Chairs

  1. Tim February 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    You are a very special young man. I have a disabled son myself and you touch my heart. people like you are angles from heaven. Keep up the good work

  2. rick February 12, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    Tim, Congrats on your funding from 5 hour. What school are U attending to continue your engineering interest?

  3. Debby February 16, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

    Tim I am so proud of you , I THANK YOU so much for what you are doing for the handicap. I’m sure you get a feeling that is hard to explain from doing this, I too wish that I could do something to help people in need, Keep up the great work and good luck with your future.

  4. Martha Maria February 19, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    Tim,
    Congratulations for your job.
    When I find people like you, I think that life is good, whetever the problems in the world.

  5. Lizzy and Ramya February 28, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    You are a very inspirational person!We decided to make a project on you and your organization.Keep up the good work!!!

  6. Lizzy and Ramya February 28, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    You are a very inspirational person!We decided to make a project on you and your organization.Keep up the good work!!!

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